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Title pepped UpAuthor Ali DeanFormat AudioNarrator Stacey GlemboskiGenre YA sports cross country runningStandalone YesPart of a Series Yes book 1 of the Pepper Jones series POV PepperSteam Level heavy petting 455I don t usually read a lot of YA books but this one was a lot of fun Pepper and Jace have been best friends since childhood but things get weird when Pepper starts noticing Jace and his hot body and his playboy I read this book because of two things My dear friend Sarah recommended it to me I think if it wasn t because of her I don t think I would find this book With tons of YA books out there I often miss good books that don t have much hype I think Pepped Up is one of those books Once I saw her recommendation and read the blurb I just knew I have to read it So thank ou Sarah And it s about running Wellthe main character loves running just like I do though I m not an athlete like PepperSo what this book is all about It s about Pepper Jones a junior in Brockton High School who loves to run and is in her way to compete in Nationals for the first time She spent most of her life with Jace Wilder a senior popular uarterback at their school and also her neighbor She also has a crush on him for Die Bischöfin von Rom years but can t do anything because at some point he always keeps her in a distance And then there is a new junior student Ryan Harding who happens is a cross country runner too and is in a way for National too The ominous clouds look like they ll break at any moment and I love to run in the rain Everything seems to be in my favorI love Pepper s voice here I can feel like she is real She tells her story clearly and without holding back If something hurts her or makes her happy she tells me just the way she feels it I think that s what I love about her She s honest with everything and everyone including with Jace Running is my thing And this season is going to be epicCross country running is a subplot in this book But I really like that it has than enough story as it is one of big parts in Pepper s life I just read a book with the main character being an athlete too but the sport doesn t describe much in the book And I dislike it Somehow I m afraid that I won t read much about cross country here either glad it doesn t happen And since I m not familiar with cross country student competition in US Pepper s description helps me connect with her story easily That I really likeI also like the paced It doesn t feel too slow or too fast It s perfect in its own In some part Pepper doesn t tell her story straight after she tells one thing instead it jumps a couple days or weeks after that However I don t feel it s too fast because at the same time it gives me time to connect with so many things in her life for example with her running and her relationship with Ryan and her new friendsRegarding with her relationship with Jace and Ryan I thought it will be like Liza Ryan Tony in Play With Me which seems has similarity when I read the blurb But somehow it s way different but in a good way for both of the books I like Pepper and Jace relationship I always like best friend turn into boyfriend girlfriend relationship anyway But here don t think I can say that I like Jace much Unlike Pepper he holds back most of everything I know that he likes her than friend but his holding back and keeps everything blur and uite a mystery to Pepper is kind of frustrating me I just want to smack him and stop hurting Pepper But the good thing with Pepper is she always knows what she wants and sticks for it Jace might hurt her and break her heart but it doesn t mean that she stops living her life focuses on her goals and tries to pursuit her own happiness I think she can balance it all and I m admired her for it On the other hand I really like reading Pepper and Ryan relationship He s very kind and sweet to her And I just love the way he takes their relationship slowly It s like he gives times for her to know him and when their relationship happens I don t feel like it s an instalove or an instarelationship or whateverou call it It just feels natural Then the weird thing happens at the end of the book No matter how much I want to see Pepper end up with someone I understand her decision I think it s the best for the three of them But it just makes me want to read the seuel ASAP 3 Stars YA best friends to lovers trope It was an OK read I really liked the running aspect of this story The training and mental strain it can have on performance I really enjoyed reading about that Pepper was a great heroine She is also our typical high school girl in love with her best friend I had to put that into perspective If I was that oung and one boy gave mixed signals but said only friends and another boy showed interest ou d go for the sure thing I liked both Ryan and Jace I don t think the story needed the drug thing That took away from the story for me Other than that I loved it especially Pepper s grandmother R rated YANA girl power sports novel with romantic triangle subplotSixteen ear old Pepper Jones loves running and she s fantastic at it even though she s only been running a little over two Declaration of Purposes of the Patrons of Husbandry years In fact she s well on her way to achieving her goal to become a national cross country champion thisear while still a junior in high school The only thing complicating her life is her long term crush on her best friend seventeen Die Reisenden year old senior Jace Wilder They ve been neighbors since they were toddlers Pepper s parents died in a car accident when she was a baby and Jace s mother deserted him and his father when he was four Pepper s grandmother Bunny became her guardian and she became Jace s chidlcare provider too when he lost his mother Pepper regarded Jace in a sisterly light until the summer Pepper was thirteen and Jace was fourteen and she suddenly became aware of how gorgeous he had become and the unsettling reality that girls were flocking around him vying for his attention many of them physically pawing him in the processUnfortunately for Pepper the odds of her ever being than a little sister to Jace are slim to none He s never flirted with her or in any way indicated that he has any romantic interest in her And at the end of the previous schoolear she overheard Jace telling one of his friends that he could never date her because she s like family to him As a result Pepper has done her best to hide her true feelings from Jace not wanting to lose him as a friend But it s a constant painful struggle to accomplish that because her heart is shredded anew every time she s forced to witness womanizing Jace accept the latest of an endless string of eager offers of sex from girls Pepper considers far attractive and sophisticated than herself He s so in demand in fact that he s recently begun enjoying the sexual favors of college girls from the nearby University of Colorado UC as well Yet in the midst of all this debauchery it s evident to everyone who knows Jace except Pepper that he s never gotten emotionally involved on any level with any female other than PepperIn contrast to Jace Pepper is practically a nun She s never dated other than a fellow member of her track team escorting her to the prom last ear as just friends and she s never even been kissed But suddenly her lack of a love life might actually change because Ryan Harding has come to townRyan is a new student at Pepper s high school who is a star cross country runner like Pepper He s moved to Colorado from California because his father is the new coach at UC which Pepper hopes to attend after graduation He s almost as handsome as Jace and certainly as athletic and ripped And where Jace is a talented football player courted by numerous top drawer university football coaches Ryan is a potentially world class runner eually pursued by athletic departments at prestigious universities all over the country Ryan is also almost as fawned on by every girl in sight as JaceBut there are major differences Where Jace refuses to see Pepper as a romantic partner Ryan admits what all the boys at school know and have never said to Pepper s face because of Jace s over protectiveness that Pepper is a beautiful girl and ideal girlfriend material In addition where Ualifying for Nationals It’s all I can think about and I’m willing to do anything it takes to make it happen I can handle long miles and hill sprints in cross country but guys That’s an entirely different challengeI’ve kept my feelings hidden from the boy next door all this time My longtime friend Jace Wil.

Ace is a classic man whore Ryan has only dated one girl in his life and he was faithful to her for the entire three ears of their relationship up until just before Ryan s family moved across the country and Ryan ended the relationship Also unlike Jace Ryan only drinks the occasional beer and does not get drunk or do drugs Additionally Ryan doesn t spend his time as Jace does hanging with the popular crowd at school even though he is eagerly accepted in their ranks from the start Instead he chooses to socialize with Pepper s laid back track team friends Best of all he shares Pepper s passion for runningPepper realizes her choice should be perfectly clear between these two boys forget her unreuited crush on Jace and accept a relationship with a high class guy and she does try her best to carry out that decision But unfortunately as soon as Pepper begins dating Ryan Jace suddenly starts acting like he s anything but Pepper s pseudo brother and like he s could it be jealousWhat I likedThis author is clearly a very talented writer Her writing is smooth and her characterizations are vivid and three dimensional Pepper is a dynamic extremely sympathetic heroine I enjoyed the use of first person point of view and I found the window into Pepper s running world fascinating It is obvious the author knows that world very well but than that she conveys it in such a way that even if the reader knows nothing about running and could care less about it Pepper s experience of it is exciting enough to inspire readers ยอดบุรุษพลิกคดี เล่ม 1 young and old to jump into a pair of running shoes and take off The setting in Colorado also comes alive on the page and makes the reader long to visit that amazing mountain filled stateWhat isn t suited to my own individual tasteFirst while listing what I didn t enjoy I want to make clear that I am not grading this book down for not being entirely to my own personal taste asou can see by the 5 star rating because I don t consider that a literary crime Many other readers may find the aspects of this book that did not suit me to be a perfect match for their reading interestsFirst I m not myself a fan of YA romantic triangles because as is the case in this book sometimes the guy who ends up with the heroine is not who I had hoped she would choose It is a testament to how great the rest of the book is and what a wonderful heroine Pepper is though that I found it impossible to put the book down in spite of its romantic triangle Just in case I didn t make it absolutely clear from what I said already Pepper is one of the most terrific heroines in YANA I ve encountered whether in indie or mainstream YANA novelsSecond I m not a fan of R rated YANA novels which is what I consider this book to be and I had many sueamish moments at the various bacchanalian activities portrayed onstage or mentioned as occurring offstage in this book Pepper herself though truly respects her own body as her vehicle for the passion of her life her running and as the book is in first person point of view the reader is not encouraged to see either drinking drugging or mindless sexual activity as a positive choiceIf Hummer you enjoyed this book s girl power sports plotou might also want to readCinderella Steals Home by Carly Syms baseballCinderella in Cleats by Carly Syms footballCinderella in Skates by Carly Syms hockeyFalling Hard Roller Girls 1 by Megan Sparks roller derbyHooked by Liz Fichera golfStealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally softballRacing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally horse racing jockeyIn particular if With Baited Breath (Warhammer 40,000) you liked the platonic man whore best friend subplot of this story combined with a girl power sports main plotou ll loveCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally footballI rate this book as followsHeroine 5 starsSubcharacters 5 starsSetting 5 starsGirl Power Sports Plot 5 starsRomantic Triangle Plot 3 starsWriting 5 starsOverall 5 stars Easy read I started it and ended up finishing it the same day It kind of sucks ou in right from the start but UGH Jace I m a little disappointed and bothered by the whole thing and how easily the author lets that go Plus I m team Ryan so that didn t help matters Still though it s a good book and I already started the follow up book although I KNOW things aren t going to go the way I want This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI was interested in this book and was hoping for a light and cute romance but it was not to be The first half of the book was okay but by the end I was so disappointed in not only Jace but also Pepper Jace acts like a jerk throughout the book being domineering and controlling of Pepper and treating her like shit constantly being hot and cold towards her et she still ends up with him by the end of the book Not only does he ignore her most of the time they are at school he keeps tabs on her warns boys away from her deals drugs and parties hard having casual hookups and orgies with any breathing female all while he knows how he feels about Pepper knowing she likes him and knowing it will hurt her I tried to put myself in Pepper s shoes Jace is her childhood best friend she s had a crush on him for ears and he s hot but still I came up short If I was Pepper I would have dumped his ass I felt like Jace s behaviour was an insult to women everywhere and uite frankly was so disgusting and disrespectful This really ruined the book for me Not only that but Pepper starts a relationship with Ryan although she knows she s really only biding her time until Jace wants to date her For me this is just extremely messed up and the whole drama would have been sorted out if Pepper just removed herself from Jace s life and started dating someone else once she was sure she had gotten over Jace Hence this was a disappointing read due to the characters and the plot that I found to be uite offensive to women everywhere While I am aware that the females were consensual the fact that Jace was so disrespectful of Pepper s feelings and these girls feelings was horrible WARNING INDUCES HEAVY EFFECT 123013 edit The good thing is that I m still OK with my rating I still loved the book but as I thought about WHY Jace and Pepper couldn t be together the reason why Jace kept pushing Pepper away I just didn t get it I think that s my only real gripe about this book that I didn t mention in my earlier original review The reason that was given just felt sloppily thrown in and not fully explained or justified Also the very bad behavior he engaged in that one night when he was on E it s kind of unforgivable I m hoping for some real explanations in the seuel I just really liked Jace and it s really weird because normally I d probably be on team Scott instead There was something so special about his character I loved his protectiveness attitude everything But after constantly asking myself WHY I didn t really have a solid answer I need answers I need to know MORE of WHY Jace was SO bad et SO damn attractive Why did he do the things he did and act the way he did Why NOW Hopefully the seuel clears that up and delves deeper into Jace Pepper s past as well I loved the little flashback scene in the beginning fingers crossed End edit uick tip don t start on this book late at night especially if Menggairahkan Perjalanan Halaqah you have to wake up early the next day For those ofou who aren t interested in reading about running don t dismiss this book just Spiritual Warfare for Every Christian yet And don t let the cover scareou off either Why Well two words Jace Wilder He s one of the hottest bad boy jocks I ve come across in the new adult genre and I was instantly sold He s the guy ou love to hate but end up loving Trust me I m not an easy sell especially with the whole good girlbad boy dynamic But honestly I couldn t help fall for him in all his bad assery I think I even heard my heart melt dreamy sighAgain I repeat I hate the good girlbad boy trope I just don t buy it And I hate how some books portray hot bad boys who are essentially sluts and are really BAD in a bad way not in a good way as some hero to be idolized I hate how those types of stories make it seem like the bad boy could get away with murder if he sincerely loved only ONE girl the heroine from afar in true stalker fashion I can t say this book didn t have. Der doesn’t see me that way He has the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town and he has Our friendship stands apart from high school social circles and I’m fine with that or so I keep telling myselfThat is until running star Ryan Harding moves to town and bridges the gap Apparen.

Any of that If anything it was essentially all of those things I mentioned I hated et the delivery was nothing short of spectacular It was actually exciting Gut wrenching Unputdownable I think what really distinguished this book from the hoard of other new adult books with love triangles featuring the all american good boy v the all american bad boy jock and the naive girl next door was the INTENSE chemistry between all three of the characters WowI honestly looked at the cover read the brief description and truly didn t expect much By the end of it I knew I would remember the name Jace WilderThere aren t too many explicit sexual scenes I can only think of one But this was one of the hottest and steamiest new adult books I ve read This author knows HOW and WHAT to write It s not always about the sex it s about the connection the chemistry the dialogue the characters And I was definitely feeling all of the above Sign me up for the seuel I m in Is this novel a One Star Rating or a Two Star RatingReasons to Like This Novel 2 stars1 Grandma bunny is a hoot2 Grandma bunny smokes dope with her friends I wanna be Grandma bunny s BFF3 Grandma bunny drinks alcohol with Pepper but with the caveat that Pepper is trusted to moderate her intake 4 Pepper is a disciplined athlete who loves her sport and strives for excellence5 Pepper selects friends with substance intellect and personality6 Pepper wants to be a good teammate even though cross country running tends to be idealized as an individual sport7 Pepper is a good granddaughter and a good friendReasons to NOT Like This Novel 1 star1 The protagonist Pepper pines after Jace when he continues to ignore her bitchslap 12 The protagonist Pepper makes out with Jace and then still pines away for him after he immediately fucks a few other girls bitchslap 23 The protagonist chooses a drug dealer over a good guy Jace hot football star drug dealer Ryan disciplined talented loving Demonica young man who treats Pepper with affection and respect Ryan gives Pepper good training advice encourages her discipline andes I have to write it again treats her with loving affection Right kick that shitty nice guy to the curb 4 The novel perpetuates the shallow ideal that girls likelovefall for guys who are hot Why couldn t Ryan be a nerd Or ugly Or a disabled runner Or a good runner who struggles to stay on the team because his undiagnosed dyslexia makes it difficult for him to keep his grades up and ualify for athletics Something Ali Dean Something Something that makes Ryan interesting than just the other hot guy in competition with hot guy number one 5 The novel perpetuates the myth that girls can change troubled drug dealers into good guys ummmm Buckley and Wilberta yes our shit rocks Ladies but no we don t change men They grow up when they choose to grow up6 Again white suburban characters dominate At first I thought this author would develop the characters of diversity that marginally appear in the text see what I did there but they are so flat as to be casual after thoughts about integrating characters that reflect the diversity that exists in Colorado 7 Grandma Bunny gives Pepper alcohol before she goes out with Ryan Because this teachers Pepper what Underage drinking is no big D right Yes this contradicts 3 in reason to like the novel 8 Jace is a dick He knows that Pepper loves him makes out with her leading her on taking his pleasure and then openly gets it on with another girl right in front of Pepper And then Pepper STILL pines for him aggghhh a good shake and then a bitchslap Yes this is just like reason 2 but this point can t be emphasized enough 9 Pepper is a smart talented girl who for the duration of threeears can t figure out that Jace is infatuated with her while EVERYONE else can see that he s infatuated with her Puh leeease I hate smart girls who have that one fatal stupidity flaw at the same time 10 Pepper by virtue of her what good heart gets Jace to change He stops dealing drugs poof just like that and there are magically NO conseuences for him from his other nefarious drug suppliers Yeah right Doesn t Ali Dean ever watch Law and Order There s no getting out Come on He was a mystery to her and every time she tried to solve him it caused her a little pain But when she tired to give him up he pursued her in her thoughts stronger each time Anna Godbersen an American author Ali Dean an American author pens an enticing novel about a high schooler cross country runner and her decisions about love and relationships in her new book Pepped Up which is the first book in the Pepper Jones series Synopsis Pepper Jones is ready for an epic cross country season She wants to ualify for Nationals and she s willing to do anything it takes to make it happen She can handle long miles and hill sprints but boys That s an entirely different challengePepper s never considered revealing her deeper feelings for her longtime friend Jace Wilder After all he s got the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town and he has Their friendship stands apart from high school social circles and they re both just fine with that or at least they pretend to beThat is until running star Ryan Harding moves to townWhen it comes to running Pepper s goals are clear But when it comes to Jace and Ryan it s nowhere near as simple Pepper Jones a 16year old high school junior loves to run in fact she is so good at it that she is preparing herself to compete in the national cross country running championship But the only thing that muddles her life is her crush on her childhood best friend cum sort of family Jace a high school senior a top class footballer who is terribly attractive and a complete womanizer But Jace never showed any interest on Pepper mainly due to the reason that she is actually a part of her family Pepper s love life sparks up when another cross country runner named Ryan joins her class but unlike Jace Ryan shows his interest on Pepper whereas Pepper s heart is torn between Jace and Ryan Who will she choose Yeah this book is a complete YA story featuring high school sports and a love triangle Being not so much of a YA fan I still enjoyed reading this light hearted romantic YA which definitely reminded me of my school days and all the dramas about hot boys Pepper is one hell of a lucky chick who had two hot admirers in her school The writing f this book is really nice pretty elouent with a moderate pace Although there weren t much layers in the story which allowed me to contemplate and anticipate things bit easily but the mystery of who Pepper will choose was tightly wrapped under layers of confusion and drama and all that surrounding Jace and PepperThe characters are real and Pepper s dilemma over Jace and Ryan sounded pretty believable but then again given the fact that Pepper is the narrator of this book it was easy for us to ponder about who she will finally choose The author portrays the voice of a 16year old teenager uite strikingly and the way she have layered her narration with a bit of humor and drama simple kept me engaged to the story Pepper is a charming character with a lot of determination to be the champion of this cross country running championship And through Pepper the author brings alive the world of a sportsman hisher stamina determination strength in short it was very insightful to read about an athlete In fact because of Pepper s running Colorado comes alive in front of our eyes it was very picturesue and vivid with intricate detailing In the beginning of the book Jace made me feel irritated about his whole drama about not dating Pepper whereas he did have feelings for Pepper Jace is like a closed book not letting others see his inner feelings The rest of the supporting characters are also very well developed like Pepper s nun as her guardian is someone who is very lively and brings a shade of happiness in some gloomy moments But what really made me glued to the book was Pepper s character She is one hell of a powerful YA character who knows what she wants best for her heart by not causing much pain to those who adore her Verdict Don t miss out this book if ou re a huge YA fan Courtesy I received a copy of this book for a blog tour. Tly I’ve caught his eye and suddenly Jace starts seeing me in a different light Everything changes for all of us On the trails my goals are clear Train run breathe run win But when it comes to Jace and Ryan it’s nowhere near as simple This battle can’t be won by crossing a finish line this war is in my heart.

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