Saturday, September 29, 2012

Quote of the Week #8: Ceaseless (Existence, #3) by Abbi Glines




This is a little something I thought would be fun to do.
Each week I try to take one of my favorite quotes, either from a book I have read or from the book I am currently reading, and share it with you guys!! 



Quote of the Week: 


Now, I've been kinda MIA a lot these last  few weeks, and I'm not sure why. I just haven't been feeling like me, more like muh.. (yeah, that's an emotion/feeling!)
I'm hoping to start feeling like myself, again, soon! 

Anyways, I have been busy reading, as much as I can, and I just finished Ceaseless, the third and final book in the Existence trilogy by Abbi Glines. Oh, and it was a prefect, the book warped up nicely and I was just left feeling... wonderful!

So, here is a quote from Ceaselss!
Enjoy!







“I knew then that I had never understood what humans called love. But if that was anything close to the power you held over me, then no wonder they searched for it so passionately."
I reached out and pulled him onto the bed with me. "You're going to be late."
"Why ?"
"Because after hearing that I can't let you leave until I've had my fill. Get naked, Dankmar.” 









Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review: Qeya (Heaven's Edge l) by Jennifer Silverwood

Title: Qeya
Series: Heaven's Edge, #1
Author: Jennifer Silverwood
Category: Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5/4 stars out of 5
*ARC received in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Qeya has spent her life set to drift on heaven's edge. Being Royal means more than being groomed to rule her home planet. She can't do much about her red hair, but she knows how to wield a scythe blade and suck the life out of her enemy, literally. 

Destined to be the Orona, the Voice of her people, she does her best to train the children and overcome her secret fears. The fact that her whole life has already been planned out for her, including the person she will marry, has never occurred to bother her.

Until her ship is attacked and nearly everyone on board is murdered. If she hadn't run into the filthy miner who saved her life, Second Deck might never have jettisoned into the atmosphere of the hostile world her people were exploring.

Now, the Royal children have become the backwater scions of the universe, and the miner who saved her is the only thing standing between them and the hungry beasts hunting them.

Forced to lead before she is ready, Qeya must find a way to put aside ancient prejudices so they can all survive. Old enemies must form new alliances if they are to last the night. For no one knows the secrets of the new world and only a few can survive the living nightmares at heavens edge.

 
My Review


‘“Some battles choose us. The rest we must choose.”’

Now, I was really clueless when I went into Qeya, I wasn’t sure what to expect. And let me just state, Qeya was really unexpected. At first, I thought it was going to be a more steampunk kind of read, however, turns out it only had a slight steampunk feel. It was a Sci-Fi book, and I didn’t imagine it would be what it was… if that makes any sense!!

To be honest, I have never read a book like Qeya before. The whole time while reading it, I kept mumbling to myself ‘I really like this’ over and over again. And of course, if you do that, you know it’s a going to be an enjoyable book.  Well, Qeya was a really nice, short, and sweet read.

Qeya, a ‘hunan’, is on the run with her family and members of her race, from the ones that took over her home planet. They are searching through space, drifting about until they are ready to return home and claim what is rightfully theirs.  Drifting along the edge of Heaven, Qeya does her duty, teach and prepare those younger than her, and she takes her duties seriously. Then one day while she is up on deck One, giving her daily report to her mother, those that live in the lower decks, Miners, come and try to warn Qeya’s father that something is wrong. When Qeya locks eyes with one of the Miners, she knows that her father must listen to them, why question those who have lived in this vast emptiness longer than they had. But her father doesn’t heed the warnings.

As soon as the Miners leave, Qeya sets out to talk to them. She goes down to the lower decks, a place where no one of the royal family or any members of her people dare go. Upon her arrival, the ship is attacked, and she is saved by the young Miner named Ohre.  

Then upon crash landing on an alien planet, with only a few survivors, Qeya bonds with Ohre, and together they set out to protect the remaining survivors and try not to be eaten by the strange creatures of this foreign and bizarre planet. 

‘Did  I  mention  the  one  downside to living on a massive ship with the same people for seven years? No escape.’

For Qeya to only be about 71 pages, give or take, I felt that Jennifer did move the story well. It was a bit rushed, but I had to keep in mind the length of the book. So for only that many pages, I know Jennifer developed and paced the book brilliantly.

I also really enjoyed her way of telling this story, she gave brief but beautiful descriptions of Qeya, and her people.  Not only that, but of the world that Qeya came from, to the ship, Heaven’s Edge, and the Miners. Each detail was small, but described so well, I was able to paint a picture of the world that Qeya lives in.
Qeya, a really hard name I most likely keep saying wrong, appears to be a strong character. She puts others before herself. Her people, especially the children, they mean everything to her. She is willing to do anything in her power to protect them. When they crash landed on the alien planet, protecting her people was always her top priority.

Then as the story progresses, swiftly, Qeya and Ohre develop a strong bond. They begin to really rely on each other. This is very uncommon with her people, even looked down upon, because Ohre is a Miner. But Qeya knows these differences are meaningless, and she discovers she is beginning to see Ohre in a different light.

I also was really intrigued with Ohre. He was another likable character, and I was really interested with the fact that he is a miner. I really want to understand him and his people better.
There were also a few other characters I really enjoyed. The twins especially, they kept the humor and gave the book a more ‘light’ feeling.

‘The miners relished in their ability to feel. I wanted that.’

The story ended hastily and did leave me with questions, but it is only about 71 pages. But overall, it was a delightful read.  And I feel like I am invested in this book for the long run. I definitely will read the next one, I have too now! I’m curious!

 I really enjoyed the story of Qeya, and I am really glad I got a chance to read it. It is a nice, short and lovely written tell. And within the pages, I caught a glimpse of a unique and wonderful world. 

Teaser Tuesday (#15) Ceaseless (Existence Trilogy #3) by Abbi Glines




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). 




Dank closed his eyes in relief and a smile tugged the corner of his lips. "I was prepared to bribe you. That was easier than I thought," he replied.

ebook pg. 140




Oh, that teaser! I haven't started Ceaseless yet, so that teaser was killer to me! I am going to start reading it tonight, hopefully! And I cannot wait!
 Wonder what's going on :) 



Share your TT! 





Monday, September 24, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading? #9



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:




Here's what I just finished reading:



Well, I just hope this week is better than last week!!

Happy Monday!




Into the darkness they go, the Wise and the Lovely


Sunday was a very fun day for me, and why was it a fun day, well, thank you for asking :)
I actually had a photo shoot with the amazing duo Jessica and Ryan at Blackbird Photography. I have done photo shoots for them before, and I love working with them. They are so fun to work with.

Now, they had contacted me earlier in the week asking for me to be model in a shoot they really wanted to do, and I was beyond excited to do it. The ideas or what they had in mind sounded amazing, so I was really looking forward to this shoot!

Anyways, the idea behind, Into the darkness they go, the Wise and the Lovely, was in short, about two sisters, Katelyn and I, are lured into the woods by a man playing music. He represented a siren, calling out to us, trying to turn us, basically, into the darkness.

I am the sister who is able to not be tempted by the man, while my sister is. The man, Rocky, was able to draw Katelyn into the darkness. And that's pretty much the story.
The props in the shoot were an 18th century pump organ, a fiddle, a mandolin and a harmonica. I absolutely loved the organ!

I had so much fun doing the shoot with Katelyn and Rocky, they were fun to work with! And I hope I'll be able to do more shoots with Jessica and Ryan.

Okay, so that's the story of my Sunday, and here are some pictures for you guys! 
I hope you enjoy!


Into the darkness they go, the Wise and the Lovely



























Sunday, September 23, 2012

Quote of the Week #7: CLASH (CRASH,#2) by Nicole Williams



This is a little something I thought would be fun to do.
Each week I try to take one of my favorite quotes, either from a book I have read or from the book I am currently reading, and share it with you guys!! 



Quote of the Week: 



Add to Goodreads

This week I am taking a quote out of CLASH, book two of the CRASH series by Nicole Williams, a book I fell in love with.
I had so many quotes I wanted to choose from this book, but I settled for these two, they just really took my breath away.
Truly beautiful.

I hope you guys like :)









"Love isn't easy. Especially the really good kind. It's difficult, and you'll want to rip your hair out just as many days as you'll feel the wind at your back. But it's worth it. I'ts worth frighting for. Don't let what isn't real blind you, from what is life. Life isn't perfect, we sure as shit aren't perfect, so why should we expect love to be?" 








"Love isn't only love, sweetheart. It's hard work, and trust, and tears, with even a few glimpses of devastation. But at the end of each day, if you can still look at the person at your side and can't imagine anyone else you'd rather have there, the pain and heartache and the ups and downs of love are worth it."














Saturday, September 22, 2012

Review: CLASH (CRASH,#2) by Nicole Williams

Title: Clash
Series: Crash, #2
Author: Nicole Williams
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
The only easy thing about Jude and Lucy’s relationship is their love for one another. Everything else is hard. 

Especially when it comes to reining in Jude’s trigger touch temper and Lucy’s increasing jealousy of Jude’s Spirit Sister on the cheer squad who’s attached herself to him in just about every way a girl could. Feeling the stress of trying to hang on to her quintessential bad boy while becoming the foremost dancer in her class, Lucy knows something’s going to break. She wants both. She needs both. But if she doesn’t make a choice, she risks losing everything.

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love might be the thing that just isn’t enough.

My Review: 

WOW…












I just loved this book.. Can I just make this review short and sweet and say READ THIS BOOK??? HA! No?? Oh well, I tried! Clash is, in my opinion, an amazing read. A perfect sequel for Crash. Nicole Williams blew my mind once again, and gave me some much needed Jude.

Clash was amazing and took my breath away. And just like Crash, Clash is a, skip meals for, stay up all night to read, ignore everything, don’t even put it down to go to the bathroom, kind of read. Once you start, you just can’t put it down, or well, I couldn't! And at just the first sentence, I had the biggest grin on my face.

I was so happy to finally get to see more of Jude and Lucy’s story.
This review will not be able to capture the greatest that was this book, but I’ll give you a little bit of how I feel :)

Like our relationship, we did everything a bit out of the box.

Jude and Lucy have experienced a lot, when I say a lot, I mean it. They have experienced the ups and downs of trying to love each other. They have faced things that others wouldn’t imagine, and through all the hardship, their love has survived and has grown stronger.
But new obstacles stand in their way, and they are tested in ways they wouldn’t expect. Their relationship has never been easy, but can their love survive the new challenges ahead of them?

Just like Clash, Crash is raw, breathtaking, and grab-the-edge-of-your-seat exhilarating. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, a ride that has it's ups and downs, with twists and turns that take your breath and when you step off the ride, you want to get right back on.

What I really loved about this book, was well, of course Jude, but the story of Lucy and Jude. I can see their growth from the first book. It was a delight to see, but even with their growth, they still have so much more growing to do, especially together. And that happens. Through all of the ups and downs and heartache they experience, they try so hard to be together, and they also learn to love each other even more.

Now, this is a hit or miss book, you either love it, which I did, or you don't. But it's a book you have to at least try!!
I love books that test relationships,  couples that have major flaws, deep scars and angst. Yup, I like me some good angst. But it is raw, and to me that makes the story, the love, more real.Williams did amazing to give this book a depth of emotion that left me reeling and mesmerized. Williams is amazing, truly talented when it comes to allowing the readers to experience the emotions of the characters in the book.

When I’d fallen for a broken boy that had managed to fix me somewhere along the way.

I also love the characters in this book, Jude and Lucy, are two of the most stubborn, quick tempered characters I have read about. When I say stubborn, they could be so thick headed I, at times, wanted to shake them. But they were real to me, they fumbled and stumbled along the way, but they kept getting back up and trying again.

Jude is has hot tempered as before, but he definitely has shown some improvement, but he’s still the same guy I fell in love with in the first book. He is still struggling with things, but he doesn’t let it stop him like it did before, and that was amazing to see.

Now Lucy, wow, this girl is something else. I do like her, but she can really do some things that make me want to shake her. However, through it all, her love for Jude was amazing and strong. She really stepped up when she needed too. And I’m so glad I got to see how her and Jude have grown together.

‘”Love is what brings you together, Lucy, but it’s the blood, sweat, and tears of hard work that keeps you together.”’

Now, Clash had some really amazing moments, things that made me sigh, swoon, blush, roll my eyes and made my heart gallop. But also gasping, weeping and breathless, and at times downhearted, however, Clash was an amazing second book. I know it will be one I will keep forever close to my heart. I am already missing Jude and wish there could be more of their story. I guess I’ll settle for just being able to reread Crash and Clash :)

So! If you love books that are full of raw emotions, relationship that truly get tested, moments of great swoon and also leave you clutching your heart. I recommend this series. Jude and Lucy’s story is one I would want everyone to experience.



Friday, September 21, 2012

Cover Reveal: OPAL (Lux, #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout




No one is like Daemon Black.


When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.



But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. 

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.



Together we’re stronger... and they know it.






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 USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, 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, working out, 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 also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.


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