Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

The Queen of Bright and Shiny ThingsTitle: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
Author: Ann Aguirre
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again… 

My Review

This was a story that was sweet, swoon worthy, and yet a story that touched on deeper subjects that left you breathless and desperate to hug the characters within the pages. The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things was cute, filled with depth, and had characters you couldn't help but fall in love with. 
“They're fooling themselves," I say. "It's better to deal with your shit head on. Life doesn't get better if you look away.” 
The characters are deep, quirky in their own way, and desperate to make the world around them a better place despite the circumstances they may have come from or been in. I loved witnessing how in-depth each one was, complicated, but wholly good. Sage was a character who fought so hard to be good, to show the world that there is a silver lining. She warmed my heart. But it was her development and overall discovery of herself that I loved so. And then we have Shane. A character who, unlike Sage, is trying to hide, disappear from the world around him. Despite that, he too is a deep character with a heart bigger than he is willing to share. But of course, when these two meet, a true bond is formed and through obstacles they each end up helping each other. 

I adored the side characters as well, each quirky and unique in their own way. Their stories, too, are deeply woven and intricate. And I felt that Aguirre gave them to us, not just the main characters' storyline as well. 

The book is more than a sweet romance though, it has adorable moments that'll melt your heart. It also has moments of deep understand of the good and the bad of human nature and how some, no matter how hard they try, can't break away from the unfairness of life. The book showed characters with unrelenting personalities, and hearts that are filled with hope. Characters that can move on from the worst of situations and find friendship and love. 

The book was magnificently told in a eccentric way. Though more worded towards the younger crowds, I was able to fall within the pages of the story and get wonderfully lost.  I connected with the characters because I remember how hard high school can be and how relentless your peers can seem. But the book also has a beautiful silver lining and a story that speaks to everyone. No one has a prefect life, no one is prefect, everyone has their fair share of hardship. We just have to be willing to see the good in all the bad. 
“I've had so many people leave, but this is the first time anyone's come back.” 
All in all,  a wonderful coming of age story about finding that good and also finding your place with the ones you truly love. I definitely recommend this one to fans of young adult romance, and those you love a story that'll warm your heart. 



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Release Week Blitz: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER - a young adult title about friendship, survival, and finding your voice. This incredible book is available today! Read more about this stunning new novel below and be sure to order your copy  today to receive an amazing FREE fan pack while supplies last!  

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About THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

For some people, silence is a weapon.

For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.

Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

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EXCERPT
Prologue
Dusty, empty shoe boxes, stacked taller and wider than her slim body, wobbled as she pressed her back against them, tucking her bony knees into her chest. 
Breathe. Just Breathe. Breathe.
Wedged in the back of the dingy closet, she didn’t dare make a sound as she sucked her lower lip between her teeth. Focusing on forcing every grimy breath into her lungs, she felt tears well in her eyes. 
Oh gosh, she’d made such a big mistake, and Miss Becky was right. She was a bad girl. 
She’d reached for the dirty and stained cookie jar earlier, the one shaped like a teddy bear that hid cookies that tasted funny. She wasn’t supposed to get cookies or any food by herself, but she’d just been so hungry that her tummy hurt, and Miss Becky was sick again, napping on the couch. She hadn’t meant to knock the ashtray off the counter, shattering it into tiny pieces. Some were shaped like icicles that clung to the roof during the winter. Others were no bigger than chips. 
All she’d wanted was a cookie. 
Her slender shoulders jerked at the sound of the all cracking on the other side of the closet. She bit down harder on her lip. A metallic taste burst into her mouth. Tomorrow there would be a hold the size of Mr. Henry’s big hand in the plaster, and Miss Becky would cry and she’d get sick again. 
The soft creak of the closet door was like a crack of thunder to her ears. 
Oh no, no, no…
He wasn’t supposed to find her in here. This was her safe place whenever Mr. Henry was angry or when he—
She tensed, eyes peeling wide as a body taller and broader than hers slipped inside and then knelt in front of her. In the dark, she couldn’t make out much of his features, but she knew in her belly and her chest who it was. 
“I’m sorry,” she gasped. 
“I know.” A hand settled on her shoulder, the weight reassuring. He was the only person she felt okay with when he touched her. “I need you to stay in here, ‘kay?”
Miss Becky had said once that he was only six months older than her six years, but he always seemed so much bigger, older than her, because in her eyes, he took up her entire world. 
She nodded.
“Don’t come out,” he said, and then he pressed into her hands the redheaded doll she’d dropped in the kitchen after she broke the ashtray and rushed into the closet. Too frightened to retrieve her, she’d left Velvet where she had fallen, and she’d been so upset because the doll had been a gift from him many, many months before. She had no idea how he’d gotten Velvet, but one day he’d simply shown up with her, and she was hers, only hers. 
“You stay in here. No matter what.”
Holding the doll close, clenched between her knees and chest, she nodded again. 
He shifted, stiffening as an angry shout rattled the walls around them. It was her name that dripped ice down her spine; her name that was shouted so furiously. 
A small whimper parted her lips and she whispered, “I just wanted a cookie.”
“It’s okay. Remember? I promised I’d keep you safe forever. Just don’t make a sound.” He squeezed her shoulder. “Just stay quiet, and when I…when I get back, I’ll read to you, ‘kay? All about the stupid rabbit.”
All she could do was nod again, because there had been times when she hadn’t stayed quiet and she’d never forgotten those consequences. But if she stayed quiet, she knew what was coming. He wouldn’t be able to read to her tonight. Tomorrow he would miss school and he wouldn’t be okay even though he would tell her he was. 
He lingered for a moment and then he eased out of the closet. The bedroom door shut with a smack, and she lifted the doll, pressing her tearstained face into it. A button on Velvet’s chest poked at her cheek. 
Don’t make a sound. 
Mr. Henry started to yell. 
Don’t make a sound. 
Footsteps punched down the hall.
Don’t make a sound.
Flesh smacked. Something hit the floor, and Miss Becky must have been feeling better, because she was suddenly shouting, but in the closet the only sound that mattered was the fleshy whack that came over and over. She opened her mouth, screaming silently into the doll.
Don’t make a sound.
 

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Praise for THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:

“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” -Kirkus

“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly

About the Author: 
#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Quote of the Week: Iain Thomas


Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes to share with you, my wonderful readers!! 

Quote of the Week:
"And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, "This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!" And each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, "No. This is what's important."
-- Iain Thomas




Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen

Warrior Witch  (The Malediction Trilogy, #3)Title: Warrior Witch
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #3
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Category: Fantasy/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
*ARC was received in exchange for a fair and honest review*
The thrilling conclusion to the breakout Malediction Trilogy by Goodreads Choice finalist Danielle L. Jensen. 

Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil they have unleashed upon the world.

As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and liberate the trolls from their tyrant king, Cécile and Tristan must battle those who’d see them dead. To win, they will risk everything. And everyone.

But it might not be enough. Both Cécile and Tristan have debts, and they will be forced to pay them at a cost far greater than they had ever imagined. 

My Review


Warrior Witch, this entire series, has been a beautiful tale that I have fallen so in love with. In love with the characters, the world, and the brilliant way Jensen told her story. To see it finally wrapped up, to read the ending of Tristan and Cecile's story, my heart breaks but a beautiful lingering sweetness and happiness remains.
Catching her hand with mine, I held it to my chest. There were things I should've said, explanations and justifications. Words to make her understand that in a perfect world, I'd never consider asking her for this. That in a perfect world, she would always come first, and I'd spend every waking moment proving it to her. But ours was an imperfect world. Flawed and cruel. 
The characters have developed so tremendously throughout the entire series. Though both Tristan and Cecile still have their flaws I can see and feel the transitions that they have gone through.  Cecile is still that determined young woman I met at the beginning of the series. Though not all of her decisions have turned out brilliant, her will to do what is right has always drawn me to her. Her overcoming the fear and hatred for the trolls that aren’t bad (and Tristan), proves just how much she grew. Combine that with her love for those she keeps close to her heart, and the love she has for Tristan makes her a formidable character.

Tristan is by far the one who has developed most in the series. From that first meeting that left me confused as to what his motive was to the last chapter where I knew I would always love his character, Tristan has been such a dynamic character. He puts everyone before himself. And that gives you a glimpse into his selfless nature, which you can’t help but fall in love with. Though, at times, he might come off as cold and calculating, he is brilliant and full of love.

I really can’t talk about the book without giving anything away. All I can say is, please, read this series. It’s addicting and so very consuming. The world that Jensen created is so vivid and detailed; the magic woven so well within the words of the pages.  The romance between Tristan and Cecile is beautiful and full of wonderful moments.  The pacing was nonstop and intense.  The buildup of the plot brilliantly laid out and twists I really didn’t see coming.  The side character jump off the pages, both the good and bad ones.  There were moments that me rendered speechless, had my heart warming over, and had me on the verge of tears.
I stood on my tiptoes and kissed him hard, trying to keep my trepidation in check. "Please be careful."
"I love you," he said; then disappeared into the night.
Warrior Witch was an adventure of a story. Filled to the brim with action and intense pacing that had me gripping edges of my kindle, breath held, waiting for the next turn of events. My heart in my throat as to what would be the next steps for Tristan and Cecile to take. My heart in pieces as the ending unfolded, but held together with strings of bittersweet knowledge of their ending. And an ending that does echo in my heart in such a poignant way because I now know their story. Fought it along with Tristan and Cecile, struggled and rejoiced with them. And now that it has ended, I already miss them dearly.





Friday, April 29, 2016

RE-COVER REVEAL: When We Collide by A.L. Jackson


From the bestselling author of Pulled and Take This Regret comes a gripping new tale of loss and love.


William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he’s reached a breaking point and something’s going to give.

Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He’d been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she’s surrendered herself to an existence she doesn’t know how to escape.

When the family William left behind is struck by tragedy, he is called back to the one place he’s sworn to never return to again.

In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. He is unable to ignore the buried desires and the hope for the future they’d once believed they’d have.

Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before.
But he never imagined what that fight might cost him.

A.L. Jackson gives you an intimate look into the lives of a family bound by an unseen connection in this new contemporary romance.



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"There are some love stories that will take you on such intensely emotional journeys, shake you to the very core of your being, make you scream, cry, curse, throw things against walls, but also fill you with more hope than you ever thought possible – THIS is one of those books.This is the second novel by A.L. Jackson that I have read and I am ready to build this woman a shrine."  ~ Natasha is a Book Junkie

About the Author:

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including If Forever Comes, Pulled and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due out January 7, 2014.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.