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Played Oh my stars RILEY AND SAM S STORY I NEED IT NAOW. This Game Is Getting All Too RealHe Said I Like To Keep Under The Radar And Mostly Hang Out With My Friends From The Rez But When I Saved Riley Berenger From Falling Off A Mountain, That Rich Suburban Princess Decided To Try To Save Me She Said If I Can Help Sam Tracy Win The Heart Of The Girl He Can T Get Over, I Ll Pay Him Back For Helping Me I Promised Him I Would, No Matter What It Takes I read and enjoyed Hooked a year ago, so of course I was ecstatic when I was approved to read and review Played.Now, I m very conflicted about my thoughts on Played A few minutes after reading it, I decided that it was just an okay book not bad, not great After giving it a fewhours of thought, I realized that there were muchthings that were bad than good, to my dismay I really wanted to love this book, since the premise was something I enjoyed reading about.So I thought the synop I read and enjoyed Hooked a year ago, so of course I was ecstatic when I was approved to read and review Played.Now, I m very conflicted about my thoughts on Played A few minutes after reading it, I decided that it was just an okay book not bad, not great After giving it a fewhours of thought, I realized that there were muchthings that were bad than good, to my dismay I really wanted to love this book, since the premise was something I enjoyed reading about.So I thought the synopsis meant that the guy had a crush on a popular girl he ll never have, since I totally forgot the events that went on in book one Imagine my surprise when I realized the girl he couldn t get over was the heroine s brother s girlfriend Holy hell, so basically the heroine was trying to break the relationship between her brother and his girlfriend, just so the guy who saved her can have a chance with said girlfriend The hell, girl I get that she felt like she had to repay him, but why through a method that will hurt others Our main girl is Riley, a perfect daughter Don t get me wrong Riley was a really realistic character She loved the color pink and wasn t afraid of what others thought of that She whined, pleaded and became a bitch when times were tough, just like we all would But of course, just because she was a realistic character doesn t mean I ll like her I found her to be very annoying and wanted to strangle her or rip her head off sometimes But I appreciated how Fichera developed her character in the end, and how she ended up realizing family will always be family.Sam is our guy here I really liked his character from start to end He was a sweet gentleman, despite being a gigantic 6 footer He was also a bit shy, which I found to be kind of endearing to a point.For the actual storyline and relationship between the two characters, the first half definitely felt rushed The last half did give me a ton of feels especially towards the 80% mark , but there were a few twists that were totally unforeshadowed and just showed up out of nowhere But I did begin to love the friendship turned romance between the two characters It was nice to see them gradually warm up to each other.Overall, I guess I d have to tell you to give book one a shot first, since I really enjoyed that one, and since the two main characters in this one are there, you ll get a taste of what they re like I d recommend this to fans of Simone Elkeles Wild Cards What a fun surprise Played by Liz Fichera was Two teens from different worlds collide at a school sponsored Leadership Conference Like oil and water, Riley and Sam clash, until they are forced to work together as a team on a scavenger hunt in the forest and hills surround the conference One wrong turn, one huge misstep finds Riley and Sam trapped until morning, huddled together for warmth and to stay dry Sam sees Riley as a rich little princess, Riley sees Sam as an arrogant teen with a chip What a fun surprise Played by Liz Fichera was Two teens from different worlds collide at a school sponsored Leadership Conference Like oil and water, Riley and Sam clash, until they are forced to work together as a team on a scavenger hunt in the forest and hills surround the conference One wrong turn, one huge misstep finds Riley and Sam trapped until morning, huddled together for warmth and to stay dry Sam sees Riley as a rich little princess, Riley sees Sam as an arrogant teen with a chip on his shoulder The events of that night change everything for these two as Riley vows to re pay Sam for saving her by finding a way to get the girl he has been crushing since childhood to notice him Too bad the object of his affection is Riley s brother s girlfriend.What happens when misguided good intentions backfire Riley has it good, accept for the fact that her older brother seems to be everyone s favorite at home, while she seems to never be good enough, no matter how her grades are, no matter what she does In Sam, Riley finds someone to lean on and confide in, while Sam learns to trust her enough to knock some of those chips on his shoulders off, a he learns there is a wonderful, warm person under all that pink she wears.Often comical, sometimes just plain true teen, and definitely a moving story of two teens who discover they are not only good friends, but could become so muchNot only is this a coming of age story, but a story of change and the struggle to be understood or at least to be noticed as part of the family for Riley Sam learns to let go of manufactured dreams and assumptions and to learn to try to fit in both worlds he lives in Liz Fichura takes us back to high school, the cliques, the bullies, the entire scene as she highlights two teens caught up in the struggle of pre adulthood Ms Fichura has done a marvelous job of portraying the dual life of a Native American, one steeped in an ancient culture and one trying to blend into the melting pot of this country A quick read that seems wonderful for younger teens on up.I received the ARC edition from Harlequin Teen in exchange for my honest review.Publication Date May 27, 2014Publisher Harlequin TeenISBN 9780373210947Genre Teen YA FictionNumber of Pages 352Available FromBarnes Noble I was so happy I learned that I was a part of the Played blog tour, and I was so excited when I received my copy from Netgalley I wanted to read it immediately, but figured it d be best if I waited until my tour stop date got closer before reading it.Before I read Played, I was in a slight reading slump I read, but a book couldn t hold my attention forthan 15 minutes, thus me reading four books all at once I knew I had to finish Played soon, so that s what I concentrated on mostly At f I was so happy I learned that I was a part of the Played blog tour, and I was so excited when I received my copy from Netgalley I wanted to read it immediately, but figured it d be best if I waited until my tour stop date got closer before reading it.Before I read Played, I was in a slight reading slump I read, but a book couldn t hold my attention forthan 15 minutes, thus me reading four books all at once I knew I had to finish Played soon, so that s what I concentrated on mostly At first I was bored, but when I got to the middle, I gotintrigued and the story heldof my attention Riley and Sam both went to the Leadership Conference and got teamed up in the scavenger hunt to find some leaves and stuff through the forest Sam and Riley took a path different from all the scavenger hunters, but because of Riley s stubbornness, she falls off the Mogollon Rim Then it starts to rain, forcing Riley and Sam to spend the night in the forest, fighting for survival.When Riley and Sam gets rescued, Riley is beyond thankful that Sam helped her stay alive As a means of repaying Sam for this act, Riley promises Sam that she would help him win the love of his life And so begins their adventure.When I started reading Played, I didn t like it that much I felt pretty bored while reading the first half of the book, but it just got better and better at the second part During the first half, I was really annoyed by the main character s naive crush on Jay, and also, she s trying to break up her brother and his girlfriend She lied and became this crazy girl, and I was annoyed I read on though, and at the second half, I became happy with the book.Things started to getexciting as Riley and Sam spentandtime with each other Slowly, their feelings for each other developed, and there certainly were a lot of amazing feels It started to hold my attention, and I wasn t able to put it down any I loved, loved, loved the last twenty or so percent of the book It was heart clenching and gripping, and everything was coming together amazingly Apologies were made, and the characters made amends It was amazing how everything wrapped up, and I felt glad to have read this book.Overall, I rate this book 3.5 stars Yes, I am all praise on the second half of the book, especially the last twenty percent, but I cannot forget how annoyed I was at the first half I recommend people to try this one, but I think it depends on personal taste whether you like it or not But I can promise you that the last half is just absolutely amazing Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Played by Liz FicheraBook Two of the Hooked seriesPublisher Harlequin TEENPublication Date May 27, 2014Rating 3 starsSource eARC from NetGalleyOfficial Summary This Game Is Getting All Too RealHe said I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me She said If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Played by Liz FicheraBook Two of the Hooked seriesPublisher Harlequin TEENPublication Date May 27, 2014Rating 3 starsSource eARC from NetGalleyOfficial Summary This Game Is Getting All Too RealHe said I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me She said If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can t get over, I ll pay him back for helping me I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.What I Liked I had a feeling that I would enjoy this bookthan I enjoyed Hooked, book one and I was right Hooked got three stars from me, so it s not THAT big of a difference, but overall, I definitely liked this bookFor one, I liked the male protagonist, Sam, a lot, and at times, Riley the female protagonist This book picks up where the first book ended but these books can be read as companion novels Fred and Ryan are together, and Sam Tracy couldn t beheartbroken When he and Riley Berenger Ryan s younger sister are stuck together in a leadership conference, things are about to change The two of them get stranded in the wilderness, and after Sam saves Riley, she is determined to return the favor in which Riley takes it upon herself to get Fred and Sam together, even though Fred is dating Riley s brother.For most of this book, up until the part where Sam makes some seriously stupid decisions involving Jay Hawkins, I really enjoyed this book It s different from its predecessor Riley is meddling in everyone s lives, trying to create problems in Ryan and Fred s relationship, trying to give Sam a makeover, trying to get Sam on the prom court, trying to get Jay Hawkins attention, trying to get any attention at all, trying to be the not perfect daughter At first, I understood Riley, and how she was feeling It s hard when everyone EXPECTS you to be perfect and never mess up, but siblings or best friends don t have that high standard, and can get away or not get in serious trouble for doing bad things.So, at times, I got Riley I understood her I could see why she wanted to help Sam I could understand why she wanted to get the attention of one of the coolest and hottest boys in school I know the pressure, the feeling of not wanting to be so perfect all the time, of not wanting to have those high standards all the time I think I liked Riley up until she started acting stupid and brainless She s a very smart girl But then she let her emotions get the better of her AND THEN SOME, and it got messy I didn t like how she reacted to things, in the last fourth of the book The same goes with Sam I really liked Sam He is quiet yet confident, brooding yet sensitive There are so many good qualities that he has, and selflessness is one of them, which I really liked I can and can t believe he d fall for someone like Riley but then, opposites DO attract The two of them are weird together Bad things seem to happen around them Or maybe just Riley.While book one went in circles, this book definitely did NOT I was happy to see some serious plot twists and surprises in this book, especially coming down to the end The author hit many different issues in this book, and seemed to focus less on the Native American culture, which benefited her and the story,than anything else Overall, I think I liked this one , though I hate to be playing the comparison game I m glad for the change of characters, the change of pace, the change of focus Definitely a job better done, Fichera I mean that nicely What I Did Not Like I already mentioned this, but gradually, I started liking Riley less and less At first, I was like, I can relate to this girl Then she just went psycho She got black out drunk at a party and let Jay Hawkins do nasty things with tequila and take pictures of her while she was so heavily inebriated Stupid Stupid stupid stupid Guys, I m a college student, and I will tell you over and over, LEAVE THE ALCOHOL ALONE Don t get black out drunk Don t get drunk at all It messes you up, short term and long term Well, it worked against Riley big time Those pictures were posted on Facebook, and everyone saw them In this book, the pictures were taken down eventually In the real world Things never completely disappear Things don t really get taken down from Facebook, either.So yeah, I slowly lost respect for Riley Towards the end of the book, she got stupider and stupider Things like prom court and breaking up her brother and his girlfriend and running away seemed really, really important Riley is so immature, and it shows, in the last fourth of the book For an intelligent girl, she is really dense and lacks common sense Beginning to the end of the story Sam Oh Sam Why did you have to be one of those boys that has a spotless record and no fighting incidents, right until you meet this one girl This one girl, that you aren t even dating Wow Just wow Great decision making there You had to be THAT GUY that goes apes crazy once he s met this girl Okie dokie, then.So I had issues with the characters I liked them, but there were issues, and they were a clear impediment on my reading I feel like the character development in this series is kind of poor Just saying.Would I Recommend It If you read the first book, then definitely read this book, because it s worth the read If you haven t read either book, then you could pass on the series I knew that I would like this book better, because I really liked Sam in the first book, so I wanted to see how things would work out for him Read it if you were in the same boat as me, it s worth it Rating 3.5 stars rounded down to 3 stars I definitely liked this bookthan I liked the first book, but I still had issues with this book I guess they re different issues though, which is good in a way This isn t one of my favorite contemporary series, but I m glad I gave this book and Hooked a chance Originally posted on Confessions of an Opinionated Book GeekThis is a story about wrong first impressions, misconceptions, white lies and misunderstandings It s also about a good girl who is suddenly trouble and a quiet boy who finds himself suddenly a hero I loved it Riley has always done everything right She s got great grades, is always home by curfew and never gives her parents any problems She s also a nobody at high school, well not completely a nobody, she is Ryan Berenger s little Originally posted on Confessions of an Opinionated Book GeekThis is a story about wrong first impressions, misconceptions, white lies and misunderstandings It s also about a good girl who is suddenly trouble and a quiet boy who finds himself suddenly a hero I loved it Riley has always done everything right She s got great grades, is always home by curfew and never gives her parents any problems She s also a nobody at high school, well not completely a nobody, she is Ryan Berenger s little sister That s her identity, that and the fact that she wears lots of pink That s until she gets stranded in the woods overnight with a boy named Sam and is put on the high school map Suddenly, all the girls want to talk to her and all the boys want to know her Sam has two things on his mind, getting himself into a good college so he can give back to the reservation and a girl named Fred He s loved Fred in one way or another for as long as he can remember, but Fred just didn t love him back She gave her heart to Ryan Berenger instead, ensuring that Sam want nothing to do with anyone with the last name Berenger including Ryan s younger sister, Riley But, when Riley is injured in the middle of nowhere during their schools leadership camping trip, Sam can t bring himself to leave her For one night, Riley and Sam, rely on each other for support, warmth and comfort Riley, drunk with relief and gratitude decides that she is going to get Sam the thing he wants most, Fred, her brothers girlfriend.And so it begins, a convoluted plan that leads to laughs, heartache, danger and a ruined reputation I won t lie, there were moments where I could not believe how clueless Riley was when it came to her feelings Here she is falling in love with this guy and she s trying to fix him up with someone else But, many of us have done it Helped a guy or girlfriend with their love life when all you want to do is yell pick me Love me There is also the morality of it all Breaking up your own brother s relationship, when you have seen how this love had changed him for the better Of course, as a fan of HOOKED, I was extremely unhappy cuz I love me some Fred and Ryan Seeing a couple you saw get together and rooted for from the POV of other characters is very interesting You want to hate Riley for wanting to break up two characters you like But, you can t do it cuz you are seeing their thoughts or really, how little they have thought it through I really love these books by Liz Fichera They are entertaining, fun and diverse Sam, like Fred from HOOKED, is a Native American teenager who lives on a reservation When is the last time you ve read or heard about characters with that background What I also loved is that the author managed to stay away from the cliche While Sam s relationship with his dad is strained it s not because he s an alcoholic or abusive It s because, like many other families they just can t seem to connect His dad liked camping, Sam likes to stay in reading, etc Then there is Riley I liked that although Sam and Riley start with a Darcy Lizzie type wrong first impressions, it s not about race They don t dislike each other because one is Native and the other white, it s about personality Which if you grow up in a diverse place, like I did, you are rarely a prejudice What I did enjoy is that race isn t ignored There s a scene where the question is asked what Sam likes to be called, Native, Native American, by tribe or Indian, which Sam responds just Sam Which is brilliant I have had lots of conversations about how to identify myself and have decided to borrow from this character and reply just Naomi I recommend this book for fans of YA like Anna and the French Kiss and Golden , anyone who liked Hooked and for readers who are looking to read about diverse characters ARC provided by and Netgalley Release Date May.27, 2014 Originally posted at Geeky ChiquitasIt is when a book hits so close to home that I find it the most difficult to write a review and make sense of how I feel about the story Played is unexpectedly one of those books, and I ve spent days trying to decipher my thoughts into words Nevertheless, I shall attempt Played tells the story of Riley and Sam, two people with completely different backgrounds, whose paths one day cross on a leadership camp for intelligent and outstanding students They inst Originally posted at Geeky ChiquitasIt is when a book hits so close to home that I find it the most difficult to write a review and make sense of how I feel about the story Played is unexpectedly one of those books, and I ve spent days trying to decipher my thoughts into words Nevertheless, I shall attempt Played tells the story of Riley and Sam, two people with completely different backgrounds, whose paths one day cross on a leadership camp for intelligent and outstanding students They instantly hate each other Sam thinking of Riley as a spoiled bossy white girl, while Riley thinking of Sam as this rude, moody and arrogant guy But when they are paired up to work together, Riley finds herself in danger with only Sam there to save her After spending a whole day together stranded at the bottom of a cliff, they form an unlikely friendship Riley then decides to repay Sam by helping him get together with her brother s girlfriend who is Sam s crush Told in the alternating POVs of Sam and Riley, Played is about how two different people fall in love At first I found this premise quite shallow and unoriginal, considering there have been several stories made about a boy and a girl who hate each other but eventually fall in love and or a girl who helps the boy get together with someone else but they unexpectedly fall in love and end up together in the end anyway The story of Played is a mesh of these two tropes and I wasn t as enthusiastic about it at first However, Played drew me in the moment I got a glimpse into Sam and Riley s thoughts I found both these characters very interesting, not necessarily likable but very compelling and I wouldn t want to admit, but also relatable Riley seemingly has the perfect life, especially in Sam s eyes Her family is rich, her grades are high, whatcould she ask for But throughout the book you see how much she struggles to meet her parent s expectations, to excel beyond what she is capable of Though Riley is presumed to be a good girl, the obedient one who never drinks and always gets straight As, we get to see Riley get in touch with her rebellious side, the side that we honestly all have but try the hardest to not unleash Throughout the book Riley does a bunch of stupid and selfish things, but through all of these, Riley is able to break out of her shell and mature into a person who can distinguish between right and wrong and also one who does not just follow blindly.Sam is different Being one of the few Native Americans in their school he tries hard to fit in It was interesting to see how Sam juggled with his life home in the Rez and his life outside of it how these two opposite ends would meet Sam s struggle to be recognized by his father comprised a major part of his story and I liked how it worked out in the end Both of them have their own problems to deal with problems that are not unfamiliar to teenagers today These are problems that concern family life, societal expectation, acceptance and yes even race There is a part in the book where the characters ponder over what the politically correct term for Native American is, something that has possibly crossed the minds of any teenager in today s generation At the beginning Riley experiments with Botox with her best friend, and here we see a girl who has for a long time obediently followed her parents expectations and now realizing that maybe just maybe, she does not want to any.There is also a diverse group of secondary characters Fred and Ryan, the two main characters in the first novel Hooked, contributed a big part to the story and I loved how they fit into it I loved how they were a big key to Riley and Sam s realization and journey to acceptance of themselves Everyone else was also very interesting and well rounded characters Trevor, Fred s brother who helps Sam by selling him his bike, Jay, the misogynistic jerk, Drew, Riley s best friend who s always there for her, Martin, who gives the best advice to Sam, Riley s parents who just really want the best for her, Sam s parents who struggle to understand him and last but not the least Sam s grandmother who I found so likeable and so genuinely nice.The romance between Sam and Riley was well paced as well I absolutely abhor insta love so I liked how they started by not exactly liking each other I loved seeing how they evolve from strangers to friends and finally into somethingThe dream basket which Sam s grandmother gives to Riley is an important component of their love story and I found if to be a sweet but simple way to wrap things up The best part of the book is the probably the last 15% of it I loved how the story was concluded and the ending was just perfectly wondrous It gave me this good squirmy feeling like I wanted to hug these two people and pat them in the back for a job well done This review andon So BookaliciousPlayed is about a lot of things wrong first impressions, white lies, misunderstandings, first love and friendship Riley has always been the good girl She got stellar grades, never breaks curfew and doesn t cause her parents any trouble, after she has an older brother to do that Everyone knows her as Ryan Berenger s little sister, besides that no one ever notices her That s until she gets stranded in the woods together with Sam Tracy Suddenly everyone This review andon So BookaliciousPlayed is about a lot of things wrong first impressions, white lies, misunderstandings, first love and friendship Riley has always been the good girl She got stellar grades, never breaks curfew and doesn t cause her parents any trouble, after she has an older brother to do that Everyone knows her as Ryan Berenger s little sister, besides that no one ever notices her That s until she gets stranded in the woods together with Sam Tracy Suddenly everyone wants to talk to her and all the boys want to know her including the guy she always had a crush on, Jay Hawkins Sam only wants two things in his life, get into a good college and a girl named Fred Getting into college won t be a problem, but getting Fred will be She lost her heart to Ryan Berenger, Riley s older brother He wants nothing to do with anyone named Berenger, including Riley Unfortunately you don t always choose who you get stranded with And so there story begins There is heartache, one orruined reputations and a lot of hilarious situations.I haven t read Hooked yet, maybe I should have before I read Played So I didn t know Riley s and Sam s background with both Ryan and Fred But I got an idea by reading Played And without reading a complete book centered around them I already loved Ryan and Fred, so I m definitely going to pick up Hooked I got why Riley wanted to help Sam to get Fred, even though I didn t like it I mean if my little sister would try to break up my relationship I would be so mad at her for a long time But I got why she did what she did, certainly at the beginning But after you saw her feelings change towards Sam you would have thought she would give up her scheming but she didn t Even if it was obvious how they felt about each other they were both to stubborn to act upon it But it did lead to some touching and hilarious situations so I won t complain about it too much What I also loved was that the author tried to stay away from the clich s in YA and NA books Sam s relationship with his father was strained but it wasn t because he s an alcoholic or abusive or because he s never around But just because they just can t seem to connect any.I would recommend this book to YA readers who like books like Wild Cards and Things I Can t Forget Riley is this Pink Girl She s a smart blond weird, huh , she over thinks everything, plans a lot and is full of energy and words She also sketch a lot.Sam is this Native hot and strong guy that is a gentleman, mysterious and very nice also adorable.They both get to know each other in a Leadership event when they get paired for a scavenger hunt At the beginning they hated each other because Sam hates Riley s brother and is being rude to her so Riley is angry at him for being rude Riley is Riley is this Pink Girl She s a smart blond weird, huh , she over thinks everything, plans a lot and is full of energy and words She also sketch a lot.Sam is this Native hot and strong guy that is a gentleman, mysterious and very nice also adorable.They both get to know each other in a Leadership event when they get paired for a scavenger hunt At the beginning they hated each other because Sam hates Riley s brother and is being rude to her so Riley is angry at him for being rude Riley is kind of blinded by anger and does something really stupid, she falls from a tree to a side rock that excels a mountain and she can t climb back because she s really hurt Then Sam goes down with her and stays with her taking care of her and everything They become really close friends and share a deep secret The next day they re rescued and Riley is decided to help him win the heart of the girl he loves And that s when everything starts.I loved that How they hated each other and then they became so close I wanted all the story to take place in that cliff or whatever, it was probably my favorite part.I didn t like Riley so much, she s a dumb blond but smart I mean, she s really smart according to this book but she acts super stupidly almost all the book.Sam on the other hand is really smart and nice, he s a quiet guy with a lot going on I loved him, I could relatewith his attitude.I liked Drew, Riley s best friend, but unfortunately she isn t in a lot of scenes of the book.And Ryan and Fred Ryan didn t convinced me, I liked him but meh And Fred is an amazing girl, at least that s how it sounds, I want to read about these two in Hooked.The book is kind of fatty, it s long and with a bunch of scenes and I liked that.It s narrated by both, Riley and Sam I didn t like much Riley s parts, she thinks in a weird very girly way I loved Sam s parts, he s so harsh with himself but at the same time so adorable.I liked Sam s friends a lot Well, just Trevor and Martin, I want to know a bitabout those two.The ending was perfect, I really liked it A bit before the ending in their adventure everything seemed a bit predictable and forced, but then it became better an easier to read.And I think that s it, it isn t a very original topic but it has really nice parts, I liked it


About the Author: Liz Fichera

Liz is an author living in the American Southwest by way of Chicago.


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