Tuesday, July 31, 2012

In my Mailbox: Defy the Stars by Stephanie Parent

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

Julia Cape: A dedicated classical piano student just trying to get through her last semester of high school while waiting to hear from music conservatories. 

Reed MacAllister: A slacker more likely to be found by the stoners’ tree than in class.

Julia and Reed might have graduated high school without ever speaking to each other…until, during a class discussion of Romeo and Juliet, Julia scoffs at the play’s theme of love at first sight, and Reed responds by arguing that feelings don’t always have to make sense. Julia tries to shake off Reed’s comment and forget about this boy who hangs with the stoner crowd—and who happens to have breathtaking blue eyes—but fate seems to bring the two together again and again. After they share an impulsive, passionate kiss, neither one can deny the chemistry between them. Yet as Julia gets closer to Reed, she also finds herself drawn into his dark world of drugs and violence. Then a horrific tragedy forces Julia’s and Reed’s families even farther apart…and Julia must decide whether she’s willing to give up everything for love.

Defy the Stars is written in an edgy free-verse style that will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins and Lisa Schroeder; however, the writing is accessible enough to speak to non-verse fans as well. The novel’s combination of steamy romance and raw emotion will appeal to fans of Gayle Forman, Simone Elkeles, Jennifer Echols, and Tammara Webber. With a story, language and form that both pay homage to and subvert Shakespeare’s play, Defy the Stars is much more than just another Romeo and Juliet story.

Kindle Edition325 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2012 by Stephanie Parent

I'm hoping to start this ebook by this weekend! 
I want to thank Stephanie Parent for sending me the ebook to read!
I'm excited :)

Find it on Goodreads:
Defy the Stars: by Stephanie Parent

Review: Crash (Crash #1) by Nicole Williams

Title: Crash
Series: Crash, #1
Author: Nicole Williams
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5   
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now. 

Jude's everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find out, is the only thing she's incapable of. 

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.

My Review: 

I can't put into words how much I loved and enjoyed this book. It was just, whoa, took my breath away, swept me up and took me on a roller coaster of pure awesomeness. 
It's a contem. romance book you just have to read and experience. You won't be the same afterwards. 
CRASH is so cleverly written, and thoroughly smart.
Williams sucks you in with just the first paragraph and sets you up to pull an all nighter to finish this book. The character development and plot development was amazing and smooth. I fall in love with the  quirky writing and the humor!
It didn't jump around and I could follow where to author was taking me, I never got lost.
And the love that Lucy and Jude have, was never rushed, it was paced and thought out. 
Williams creates and spins this tell of tragedy and romance exquisitely. 

Lucy's life has been shaken up, moving, new school and no friends. But even with that she's determined to at least have a great summer and well, meet a cute guy she can spend time with on beautiful summer days.
Except, she wasn't expecting Jude Ryder, bad boy through and through, his name is 'shouted, cursed and moaned by more women then Lucy dares' to know. 
However, either one isn't what they expected, Jude comes from the other side of town, and he warns Lucy to stay away. 
But neither can withstand the magnetic pull that seems to always bring them back together.
Lucy and Jude set off on a whirlwind of emotions, a roller-coaster of events, unexpected situations and secrets they never wanted to revile, but through it all can they still find a way to love not only themselves but each other?

From the get go, Lucy and Jude had an strong attraction towards each other, and you could feel it seeping off the pages. From the very first moment they meet and you can feel it, and it showed by how the author created them, they just couldn't/ wouldn't stay away from each other.  No matter what either did, they couldn't fight it. Lucy and Jude prove love is worth fighting for, and they showed it with stunning emotions and raw depth.

It's definitely a different read. Not some sweet, fluffy romance-although there where moments. It was sweet, but it was more raw, real. The emotions shouted out at you, the characters knew suffering,  and each bare scars. And then Williams throws some surprising twist and turns that just leaves you

Each character stood out for me. Felt very real.
And of course, dear effin' lord, Jude Ryder! 
Something about Jude just screams damn-i'm-sexy-and-you-are-so-gonna-fall-in-love-with-me attitude, perfect bad-tortured-boy. He is a raw character and not like other bad boys, no he is real. Williams knows how to create amazing characters and it shines strongly through Jude. But under it all, the harshness, the toughness, his smart-ass exterior his is a strong, honorable and an amazing guy with a big heart. 
I guess you can say he's a true bad boy..

Jude is also very different from the usual male characters-refreshing and very real. He's dark, hurt, mean and heartbreaking but yet so beautiful.
Yeah you just can't help but to fall for him!
Then you have Lucy, an amazing heroine who has a normal life, somewhat there parents, a goal she is fighting her way towards and a passion of dancing that saves her. Lucy is a fireball! She is tough and never steps down. 
And no matter what Jude says or does, she can see who he really is.
 Even with her crazy, un-hinged parents, (which frustrated me somewhat, but then you get to understand them some) Lucy tries to be herself, and to live her life as normally as possible.  
Then  Lucy enters Jude's world and oh, it isn't rainbows and butterflies, its mindnumbing real, straight to your bones tragic and heartwarming impossible to escape.
The raw-real harshness drew me in.
I got to experience life on the other side of the tracks.

They are both so scared to love, but when they realized that love is taking risks and you are going to have to do that to be with the one you want, they both stepped up to the challenge and it was amazing seeing them fight through everything.
Jude and Lucy  took my breath away.

And when it gets intense in this book, it gets intense! And then when you think it can't get anymore intense you are bazooka'd right out of your set, with holy-shit-this-is-beyond-intense moments.  
Williams once again did amazing!
Some of the things- the actions and choices made by the characters did frustrated me, but I couldn't stay frustrated long at them. Everything Jude did was out of love and protection. Lucy was strong and willing to accept  Jude no matter what. 
Then the ending!!!
*le sigh*

Williams takes you on an amazing journey and I fall hard for this story and the characters.
This book really digs deep into emotions and how real characters can be. 
By no means is this book sugarcoated, but that gives it a wonderful aspect. It's real. No lies, and even though it might not be 100% life like, this book does contain a lot of things that happen everyday.

CRASH reminded me of the book Beautiful Diseaster (A great read and A book I highly recommend), because of how it is raw and real. Heartbreaking and yet touching all at the same time. 

Let's not forget the cover, it is perfect for the book and so so pretty!

This is a book I know I will read over and over.
A book  I now hold close to my heart.
It's raw and breathtaking.
Beautifully written.
Heartbreaking and yet exhilarating.
I highly recommend this book to contemporary romance book lovers!

Teaser Tuesday(#7) Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie

 Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can tease others. 

Here’s how: 
  • Step 1: Grab your current read. 
  • Step 2: Open to a random page. 
  • Step 3: Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others. 
  • Step 4: Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles!
And that’s how you make a successful tease (as far as a book goes). 

This Teaser Tuesday comes from Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie, which I am currently reading.

'Her eyes were brightened by the shower and her lips were plump and red.' 
'What I wouldn't give to kiss those lips.'

ebook pg: 17

Callum & Harper: by Fisher Amelie

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Monday, July 30, 2012

It's Monday! What are you Reading? #3

Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
 Hosted by Book Journey

Here's what I'm reading this week: 

"Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey. 

Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease' with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably. 

So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.

But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B. 

And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be. 

Well, except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love with the other. 

Needless to say, Callum & Harper's life just got a bit more complicated.

“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” - Callum Tate"

Callum & Harper: Fisher Amelie

Old ways are pitted against new horrors in this compellingly crafted dystopian tale about a girl who is both healer and seer.

"Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet—especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world.

Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe—government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a gr
oup of guerilla warriors—and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument…

Incorporating the traditions of the First Peoples as well as the more familiar stories of Greek mythology and Arthurian legend, Shadows Cast by Stars is a haunting, beautifully written story that breathes new life into ancient customs."

Shadows Cast By Stars: by Catherine Knuttson

Both books I have had for awhile now, sitting on my desk and on my nook, but I just kept picking up other books to read and never got around to reading  them. So I am going to finally sit down and read them! I am also going to be working on the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent!

What are you reading?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Angelfire and Wings of the Wicked: by Courtney Allison Moulton

The Angelfire Series:
by Courtney Allison Moutlon

First there are nightmares.
Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then come the memories.
When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie's power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie's memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

Now she must hunt.
Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.

Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She’s been warned.
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She’ll be betrayed.
Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay

4 stars out of 5

by Courtney Allison Moulton

My Review:

Okay, so this is my first time reviewing two books in a series, in just one review. So, just bare with me on this :)

First off, I enjoyed Angelfire and Wings of the Wicked, so so much. I was hesitant to pick up this series. I wasn't sure what to expect or if I would even enjoy it.
but I took the chance, and thanks to some other bloggers who encouraged me, saying it was amazing.
I gave the Angelfire books a try.
Thank god I did, or I wouldn't of experienced the greatness that is Courtney Allison Moulton!

In Angelfire you enter a world really unique in certain ways, and a story line that will pull you in.
I got lost in the world Moulton created, and the story line that is very  interesting.  We meet the main character, Ellie, a girl you will grow to admire and enjoy reading about. 
Ellie is your normal teenage girl, except that she has horrible, vivid nightmares. 
As she goes about with school, friends, and boys, things begin to happen.
She finds out, after meeting this very handsome and intriguing guy, that she's, well, something a little different.
Then Ellie's world isn't what she thought it was all along.
She isn't human, in a sense, she is something the dark fears.
And that handsome and intriguing guy, Will, is her protector.
As she comes to realize who and what she is, with Will by her side, the readers are integrated into this world that Moulton introduces us to. A world full of demons, angels and things that go bump in the night. It's all up to Ellie and the dashing Will to save the souls of humans from the evil that wants to destroy them.
And Ellie thought being a high-schooler couldn't get any harder.
With Ellie coming to terms with who she is, balancing a normal human life with her supernatural existence, and her budding romance with Will, let's just say Ellie has her hands full.
The characters all appear strong and each are beautifully created.
The pace started out fast, but it never felt rushed to me.
I loved how the story  develops, and getting to see how Ellie also develops with the story.

Then after Ellie comes to terms with who/what she is, things just get crazy for her and Will. In Wings of the Wicked, Ellie is tested and challenged in every way possible. New characters emerge along with new enemies
that what to destroy Ellie and Will for good.
Trying  desperately to cling to a normal life, she so wants and needs. Ellie soon realizes it might not be possible. With the tension growing, and disasters hitting so close to Ellie, she has to step up her game.
With new twist and turns in the plot, with Ellie learning more then she ever really wanted to know, her life changes.
All she really wants is to just be with Will, and be normal.
Then when things couldn't get worse, oh they do, and Ellie will stop at nothing to save the ones she loves.
She then sets forth to save the person who is everything to her and she will not stop or back down.
Poor Ellie
And by the last chapter, I was crying. 
Like a little two year old.
The books ends, and I couldn't believe it!
I kept trying to flip the pages in my nook, going, "WHAT!!??, no it can't end there!!"
Sadly, it did...
But all in all, It was a great second book in the series.

Moutlon makes a delicious story to sink your teeth into, a plot, not very original, but very unique in it's own way. Characters that felt real, even though they aren't all human to begin with.
The pace was nice, and the story line was smooth, I felt so immersed into it.
This is a paranormal book, that is so different and not following the latest paranormal books out there.
It was a very nice series to get lost in.

I fall in love with Will, Moutlon, well, thank you :)
I am truly happy I set down and read this series, I devoured it in no time. 
I couldn't put it down!
I was so hoping when I finished the second book, that maybe by chance the third one was out, but..
No, such luck :(
So, I am, not going to lie, non-patiently waiting for the third book!

Overall, this was a series I really really enjoyed reading and getting lost in.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Swoon Thursday #4:

Swoon Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by  YA Bound.

Here's how it works:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the chicks at YABound!

This Swoon Thursday Comes from CRASH by Nicole Williams, oh I loved this book!

Enjoy :)

' His eyes went another shade darker, but they never looked away from mine. "I shouldn't," he said, sliding a hand behind my neck, skimming a finger beneath the collar of my shirt. 
"But right now, I don't give a damn."
 His words hadn't settled on me before his lips did. They were as powerful as his hands, but as gentle at the same time.'

Nothing but swoon :)

So, what made you swoon this week??

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #6: Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

This week on my WoW I am spotlighting Defiance by C.J. Redwine. I was browsing through the blogs I follow when I stumbled upon the book trailer for this book. Let's just say I got goose-bumps watching it. 
So, I am really looking forward to reading Defiance! It looks and sounds amazing!

Find it on Goodreads:
Defiance: C.J. Redwine

"Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making."

Hardcover416 pages
Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Book Trailer:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/Nco1iw  Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/KY87VJ 
IndieBound: http://bit.ly/K7Bd8A  Books-A-Million: http://bit.ly/M0euGi

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (#6) CRASH by Nicole Williams

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can tease others. 

Here’s how: 
  • Step 1: Grab your current read. 
  • Step 2: Open to a random page. 
  • Step 3: Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others. 
  • Step 4: Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles!
And that’s how you make a successful tease (as far as a book goes). 

This Teaser Tuesday comes from a book that I have fallen in love with, CRASH by Nicole Williams.

"That was all I could think about the next night as I needed all my focus on getting homecoming ready-being Jude's first girlfriend."

"A guy like him, with a reputation like his, had likely spanned dozens of women."

ebook, pg: 305

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