Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Book Review: Ashen Winter (Ashfall, #2) by Mike Mullin

Title: Ashen Winter
Series: Ashfall, #2
Author: Mike Mullin
CategoryDystopian/ Sci-Fi/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.

**Warning: If you have not read the first book, this review might contain spoilers**

My Review:

How can I review a book I love so much, it is impossible to write out my emotions for books that I fall in love with. And Ashen Winter is one of those books. From the amazing and scary detail, to the earth shattering reality that this could happen, I was consumed by this book.

Would we all wind up like him; slowly forgetting our humanity in the daily struggle to survive?

It's been six months since Darla and Alex have arrived at Alex’s Uncle’s house. Six months they have survived, each day, baring the freezing cold. And all the while Alex is left to wonder if his parents are all-right. If they are even alive...

Since the eruption, Alex has grown. He now lives in a world so spine-gripping chilling, he has faced things he would of never imagined, things he couldn't of imagined ten months ago.
But Alex has survived, along with Darla, a girl he can’t imagine being without now. 

Then when even takes place, revealing to Alex that he can’t put off waiting for his parents anymore, he decides he has to go find them. However, the  journey he and Darla took is still fresh in his mind. So he knows leaving the safety of his Uncle's could end in disaster. But Alex won’t give up. He will not let this cold, barren landscape take away his hope.

So with Darla by his side, they set off, across the now frozen land of ash and death. With only hope, something that is so rare in this new world. But even with hope, around every corner they will have to fight to survive and to stay by each other’s sides.

-we had encountered humanity at its sublime best and its savage worst.

In Ashen Winter, you are again thrown into the world that Mike Mullin created. And it is a bone chilling, scary and surreal world. One I know I won’t be able to survive if it really took place. I feel that is one of the reasons I love this series so much, the reality of it. I also feel Ashen Winter was better than Ashfall.

I also feel that Darla and Alex are amazing characters. I have come to love them so much, and I will never stop cheering them on! These are characters I am truly glad to read about, and to be able to go on this adventure with. I enjoyed seeing just how much they have grown from the first book, and to see the strength they possess. In Ashen Winter, you get to see just how much they have grown and just how far they will go for each other. It was all very endearing.

Old characters and new characters are introduced, and they each held a strong part in the book. Again we get to see how certain people handle a great disaster.
We get to see the struggles Alex and Darla go through, the everyday experiences they must face to be by each other’s sides and to survive this cruel world is amazing. I feel that Alex really has shown what a strong character he is, and the changes he has gone through since the first book are brilliant. And Darla, with her smart attitude, is still a joy to read. Both have shown great maturity.

The world that has developed due to the eruption is so frighteningly real. How Mullin writes the details makes me see and feel the world so vividly, it fear-provoking. The intensity, the great description, the world jumps out so horrifying vibrant, but yet it’s so beautiful, beautifully told despite the gruesome events that are taking place. He also showed us in Ashen Winter how humans would/could  react, how some may cope with a disaster like Ashen Winter. How people would react in desperate situations and what they will do to survive; how people change. And again, it was terrifyingly real.

Ashen Winter stayed strong and compelling the whole time. The plot and story line where wonderful, and very attention holding. It had a great build and even when nothing too significant was happening, I couldn't stop reading. Every moment held my attention. And I could see not only the growth of the story, but the growth of the characters. I also really love reading from Alex’s POV. I do enjoy a female’s POV, but a male’s is so refreshing. And you get different emotions, and can see the world differently, too. I really enjoyed that!

The disaster had warped the landscape of our minds-perhaps even more than it had altered the physical landscape.

All in all, Ashen winter was bone chilling intense.
A wonderful read, with such real description I was left breathless.
The fear and hope of each character I could feel straight to my bones.
Ashen Winter is a brilliant second installment of this series. And if you love scary, realistic apocalyptic book, I suggest you pick it up! 

Teaser Tuesday 10/30/12: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

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). 

I don't know if he noticed when I took my sweatshirt off, but I'm guessing he was busy at the time because he looks at me with surprise now. His pupils dilate when he sees me. His lips part as he momentarily forgets to marshal his expression, and I could swear he stops breathing for several heartbeats.

pg. 168

Oh my! I wonder whats going on??!! I love when I open up a book and an awesome teaser is right there!

Hope you guys enjoyed!!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Liebster Award: I've been nominated!

Liebster Award! 

I would like to start by saying a big Thank You to Marilyn over at Marilyn's Mystery Blog for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I am still relatively new and inexperienced at blogging, so this is such an honor to me! 

If you would like to participate all you have to do is:

1) Thank and link back to the giver
2) Answer the award giver's questions
3) Nominate 5 other blogs that have fewer than 200 followers
4) Ask questions for one's nominees to answer.
5) Post the Liebster's Award Picture on your post

Marilyn's Questions:

1. If you could write yourself into any story, which one would it be and what role would you play? -Oh dear, there are so many books, but yet there are some I just only love reading about. But I think if I could be in any story I would be in one of Jennifer L. Armentrouts books. What role? I'm not sure. But if it was one of her books, any role would please me :)

2. What is your favorite fantasy character type? Vampire, Werewolf, Angel, Alien, Trylle, Fairy or other? -This is another hard question. I would be an Alien if they were cool like the Lux. And a fairy would be awesome, too. So, I can't decide! ha ha

3. What is your current read and are you enjoying it? -Well, I just finished Finale, book 4 in the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick, which was amazing. My next read is going to be Angelfall by Susan Ee. Which I'll be starting soon!

4. What do you enjoy most about blogging? -Of course it's being able to talk  with other crazy book loving people!! Being able to talk to other's about books is wonderful and just makes blogging worth all the pain! 

5. Name three books you have read more than once. -I've actually read quite a few books more than once, but recently it's been the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and Crash and Clash by Nicole Williams. All wonderful books!!

My Nominees:

1. Random Jendsmit

2Wonderland's Reader
3Music, Books and Tea.
4Books As You Know It
5Love YA Books Forever

My Questions:

1. Name your favorite bookish couple? and why?
2. Why did you start blogging?
3. If you could teleport yourself into any fictional world, where would you go?     And why?
4. What do you enjoy the most about blogging? 
5.  If you could be any Character from a book, who would you be and why?

It's Monday! What are you reading? ~10/29/12

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:

I'm really looking forward to this book! Hoping to start it later today, it sounds very interesting!!

What are you guys reading this Monday?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Quote of the Week #12: My Soul To Take (Soul Screamers, #1) by Rachel Vincent

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:

So, this week I am taking a quote out of My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent. I felt like those simple lines say so much. I adore them. Hope you guys enjoy :)

“...don’t judge your future based on others’ mistakes.” 

“The problem with getting everything you want in life is that you're not prepared for disappointment when it comes.” 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Losing It by Cora Cormack

Title: Losing It
Series: (Losing It #1)
Author: Cora Cormack
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand.

But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor.

She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

My  Review:

I picked up Losing It because I just kept hearing great things about it, and it really caught my interest. And let me just say, I am so glad I did! This is another contemporary book I believe anyone who loves a cute, quick romance story should read!!

Sometimes, its the scary things in life that are the most worthwhile.”’

Bliss Edwards is a twenty-two year old virgin. Yeah, she’s twenty-two and still carries around her v-card. And with graduation looming, and being practically the only virgin at school, she’s a bit determined to lose the big V. That is, if she can stop thinking long enough to do the big deed. 

With the advice of her friend, Kelsey, Bliss decides the best way to go about this is to have a one night stand. It’s simple, no strings attached. The deed will be done and she can finally wipe her hands of being a virgin.

But Bliss just can’t seem to stop her brain from over thinking, and when she has an unbelievably hot British boy in her bed she freaks.  She makes up a ridicules excuse and leaves that hot British boy naked, in her room, on her bed.   She thinks she’ll never see him again, that her embarrassment dies there.

That is until she walks into her theatre class, and sees the very  same guy she left in her bed only hours ago. And to just make this even more wonderful for Bliss, she finds out he is also her new professor.

No matter how close, you are always too far. My eyes are drawn everywhere you are...

So, what can I say about Losing it? That it was  an amazing thrill to read! It was attention grabbing, humorous, charming, heartwarming and endearing.  A wonderful contemporary romance that will capture your heart, your attention and will leave you with a smile on your face!

What I found I enjoyed most about this book, is Cora’s writing style. I adored it, it was witty and cute. And she made me love Bliss. She is such a fun character, and at times I truly loved being inside her head! Her innocence and clever dialogue made her a pleasure to read about. Then you have Garrick, her professor, and I would love to have him as my professor. He is a very smart, nice and charming guy. Plus he’s British, so he has an accent. I love accents!  I really enjoyed that he is a very honest character, unlike Bliss, he faces everything head on. So he was a very refreshing male character.

Cora’s main characters were a delight, but her side characters are not to be forgotten. I also enjoyed Kelsey. She was a hoot, a very snarky kind of girl with a mouth on her.

Bliss and Garrick definitely started off differently; they have a very unconventional start to their romance. And I really enjoyed that. They do have an instant attraction, and  everything they go through they were able to show that they are strong characters.

‘“Im done. I wont ignore. I wont pretend or resist.
I want more.

I also loved that Cora put her characters through some very embarrassing situations, even though it had me laughing, I did feel sorry for the characters, especially Bliss.  As the story progressed I was so wrapped up in it, in Garrick and Bliss, that I  just couldn't put this book down. From the up’s and down’s of their relationship, to the embarrassing situations, the intense-ness of their love,  I fell in love with Losing it.

Losing it was an emotional, heartwarming and cute book.
No real drama, just a test of love.

It is sexy, quick and fun college romance, with an unconventional way of finding your true love.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Swoon Thursday: Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick

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!

*If you haven't read Finale, this might contain spoilers, but not really :)*

' "Maybe they don't want to be disturbed, " he spoke into my ear, his voice deep and gravelly. He pushed my dress higher up my leg, stroking his thumb over my bare thigh. The warmth of his caress overrode my bad conscience. Sensations shivered through me. I shut my eyes again, this time involuntarily. All the knots loosened.  My breath came in a little faster. He knew just how to touch me. 

     Patch lifted me onto the sink's ledge, his hands splayed on my hips. I got warm and woozy inside, and when he put his mouth on mine, I could have sworn sparks went off. His touch seared me with passion. The fluttery, intoxication liquid heat of being near him never grew old, no matter how many times we touched, flirted, kissed. If anything, that electric jolt intensified. I wanted Patch, and I didn't trust myself when I did.'

I hope you guys enjoyed that :)

I know I did *giggles*

What made you swoon this week?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday ~10/24/12: Black City by Elizabeth Richards

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 Black City by Elizabeth Richards. Look at that cover! 

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR

What are you waiting on??

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teaser Tuesday 10/23/12: Losing It by Cora Carmack

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). 

Oh, enjoy this teaser :D

“Sex. I was going to have sex. With a boy.
A hot boy.
A hot BRITISH boy.
Or maybe I was going to throw up. What if I threw up on the hot British boy?
What if I threw up on the hot British boy DURING SEX?” 

*dies from laughter*

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Broken Fairytales (Broken Fairytales #1) by Monica Alexander

Title: Broken Fairytales
Series: Broken Fairytales, #1
Author: Monica Alexander
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5
Emily Cole thought her life was just about as close to a fairytale as it could get. She was on track to graduate from college with honors, had a job lined up in her field, and was about to get engaged to the perfect guy. Then one day she woke up and something just felt . . . off. All of sudden, she started questioning the life she’d worked so hard to achieve, wondering if she’d been aiming for the wrong goals all along because they were safe and easy.

Just when she feels like her life is starting to spiral out of control, her parents announce that they’ve arranged for an extended family vacation, and Emily finds herself set to leave everything behind for eight weeks at the beach. She soon realizes a little time away from her life might be just what she needs, especially time away from her seemingly perfect boyfriend, who for some reason doesn’t seem all that perfect anymore. What Emily doesn’t realize is that the summer holds more surprises than she ever expected, especially one named Zack, a seemingly bad boy, who’s like no one she’s ever met, who she can’t stop thinking about. 

As their worlds start to collide, Emily realizes that as different as they may seem on the outside, she and Zack actually have more in common than she ever thought. But being with Zack means taking a risk with an unknown outcome, something Emily hasn’t ever done before. So she has to ask herself, is taking a chance with Zack worth the risk, or is it better to play it safe like she’s always done? 

My Review: 

‘”‘Some might say I lived a charmed life, but I always liked to think of it as being planful, careful, and making good decisions. I wasn’t reckless and didn’t take risks, and that helped me to stay on course.’

Broken Fairytales was a very pleasant read.  If you love contemporary romances about a girl trying to discover who she is, and finds a love along the way, then I suggest you pick up this book.

Now, as you have noticed I did give the book a 3.5 stars out of 5 rating. Well, the main reason for that is whoever proofread this book, didn't do a good job! Or maybe it was the version on my nook, but I kept finding missing words. A the, or and or something of the such would be missing, making the sentence sound ridiculous. That was really annoying.

‘”You do realize fairytales are bullshit,  he said.”’

Emily is a girl who lives her life according to a well-drawn out plan. She would say she has a very comfortable, uneventful life. A caring boyfriend she plans to marry, best friend who understands and is always there for her, and a future career that is stable. Careful, calculated and causation. That is Emily. Her life will be a fairy tale  one she has planned out since she was a child.

However, when her family decides to spend a whole summer together at the beach, it throws Emily’s well laid out plans a skewed. But Emily’s first thoughts aren't about how she’s going to be missing her loving, caring, amazing boyfriend, Ben, no, she realizes this is a chance to get away. She knows having that thought isn't right, but Emily feels she needs an escape.

So the eight week vacation seems like a perfect way to think, clear her head because Emily hasn't been feeling like herself lately. She feels lost, which isn't according to her plans at all.

And while she’s at the beach, she definitely finds ways to clear her head and she happens to meet a guy. A guy that Emily just can’t get out of her head, this apparently bad boy Zack, might be a great distraction. A really great distraction. There’s only one problem. She has a boyfriend….

He had that bad boy look to him that screamed ‘danger’, but he hadn't seemed dangerous when he’d been talking to me. He’d seemed nice.’

Emily was an okay character, at first, I did find her a bit annoying. snotty, selfish and stiff. But when she decides she doesn't like who she is, that she wants to be true to not only herself but to everyone else, I really began to like her character. When she meets Zack, she realizes who she was isn't who she really is. She then slowly becomes someone she is proud of. And that made me proud of her, too.  

Then you have Zack, and I love Zack!!! I mean, he plays guitar. And I have a serious thing for guys that play guitar.. Hell, my husband plays. So, yeah, sexy! 

Zack is a very insightful character, a little bit arrogant at times. But he is very caring.
He randomly starts showing up and getting Emily to realize her life can be whatever she wants, she doesn't need a plan, she can take risks. And that’s what Zack helps her with. He shows her so many things, and I feel that teaches her  a lot, too. I also really enjoyed how Zack’s and Emily’s relationship builds. 

He smiled, and it lit up his eyes. I remembered how much I’d liked his smile when I first met him.’

I also enjoyed the side characters that Monica created. I found Rachel, Emily’s best friend, quite enjoyable. She’s that snarky character and I just love snarky characters!! And despite how Emily acts, Rachel is always there to support her. She’s a really good friend. I also loved Chase, Emily’s brother. Like Rachel, he’s a great character and one I loved reading about when he popped up.

Monica has a nice style of writing, however, some things were a bit predictable and I was able to figure things out beforehand. But the story, the characters and the plot were enjoyable. I found it a nice read, one I actually did in one sitting. I enjoyed that it’s about a girl who realizes she’s been doing what others want her to, not what she wants. Plus it’s a good girl meets bad boy story, and I just love those!

And as soon as I finished the first book, I immediately picked up the second one. I had to know where the story was going, especially after how Broken Fairytales ending!

All in all, Monica created a great book about self-discovery.
A tale of romance and finding love when you least expect it.
A book about how you should live for yourself, not for others.