Friday, May 31, 2013

Quote of the Week: Nicole Williams

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes from a book I have read or am currently reading to share with you, my wonderful readers!! 

Quote of the Week:

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“We shouldn't get hung up on the questions we can't answer because life, by definition, is confusing. We're never going to have all the answers. Never. We should focus on the questions we can answer and make peace with the ones we can't.” 
― Nicole Williams 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Near & Far (Lost & Found, #2) by Nicole Williams

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

There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker.

If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get annoying. Fast.

Falling in love with the girl who had at first seemed immune to it, was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him into their family when he was five. But loving the girl who has her fair share of secrets is about as easy as that same girl loving the boy who seems to have none.

As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch, and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they begin to wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.

As push comes to shove and choices aren’t only needing to be made, but forced to be made, Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other.

Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents, go on to expect a promising future? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.

Expected publication: July 30th 2013

I Love me some Nicole Williams, and the first book Lost & Found was amazing. I need
the second!! 

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Review: Sweet Peril (Sweet Trilogy, #2) by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Peril
(Sweet Trilogy, #2)

Wendy Higgins

YA/ Fantasy/ Romance/ Paranormal

5 stars out of 5
Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

My Thoughts: 

I just love when I find a series that I cannot get enough of; that I just want to devour, page by page word by word. The Sweet Trilogy is one of those series. A series I just can’t get enough of; can’t get enough of the story, can’t get enough of the characters.  Wendy has created a series, a world, which I am so glad I can get lost in.

It’s the world that Wendy created that I find so unique and so very interesting. She created this world where angels, nephilim and even demons exist. I have read quite a bit of angel books, and I have found only a few that that I thoroughly enjoy. Sweet Peril is one of those few that I simply love.  It is her take on angels, nephilim and demons that is interesting. Wendy created this whole new idea on how these creatures live and function that is all very  fascinating.
The old energy was alive between us. I was aware of him, of every detail about him, just as I'd always been. And I could tell by the tightness in his body that he was hyperaware of me, too.
Sweet Peril picks up about six months after the first book ends.  Anna is still trying her best to find a balance between her demon and angel sides. Still trying to figure out her purpose, what she is supposed to be doing.  Still trying to avoid those damn demon whispers, still trying to have a close-to-normal life as she can. And as I got deeper and deeper into the book I saw that Anna really is a strong character. I saw a lot of growth in her since the first book, she seemed to have a much more leveled head then she did before, even though she is still a bit confused on how to handle everything that is happening to her.  I was glad to see where she was as a whole.

Anna is still trying to get over or come to terms with the fact that Kaidan can’t be seen with her. I could feel the sadness that she had about how things ended in the last book. But as she starts to slowly figure out her purpose, she starts surrounding herself with a team of nephilim who are ready to stop being treated the way they are, Kaidan included.

Now, when Kaidan is around, I loved every single second of it. Who wouldn't, really? Like Anna, you can see the struggle they are fighting against, the struggle to hide their feeling for each other. It was a very emotional experience, even for me, the reader.  Everything that happens between these two characters, Kai and Anna, is all very intense. I enjoyed every second of that! Also, I could see the change, the growth, of Kaidan. I’m very proud of the progress he has made, though at times in the book, I wanted to face-palm him. But despite the situation with those two, they kept fighting; they try their best to do what is right.
"I've missed everything about you, little Ann.” 
Anna and Kaidan aren't the only characters worth reading about, oh no, I really enjoyed the other Neph. The twins, loved them, and Kopano. Who I really got to understand and know. I was able to see, to experience that these Neph, they all have these conflicts that they are fighting, both within them and around them. It was sad to see some of their situations.  I’m glad that Wendy gives her readers an opportunity to get a more in-depth look at the lives of the Neph.

Not only were the characters wonderful, but so was the story and the pace. Wendy moved the story along nicely, gave me just enough to want more of the book, more of her story.  I even got goose-bumps at certain parts of the book! Now, if an author can do that, it’s pretty incredible. 

Sweet Peril was a great second book in the Sweet Trilogy, better than I could of even hoped for. Wendy is a very talented author. And the story she created, I became so engrossed with, I couldn't put the book down until I consumed every last word.
“We had a secret knowledge that demons couldn't fathom. They saw love as a weakness, but they were wrong. Love would keep us going, love was our strength.”
I really do recommend this book to angel lovers, and those who would like a different take on angels, nephilim and demons. Wendy created a really cool world to get lost in.

Monday, May 27, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 5/27/13

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:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.


What are you reading??

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review: Great and the Goblin (Mylena Chronicles, #1) by King by Chloe Jacobs

Title: Greta and the Goblin King
 Series: Mylena Chronicles #1
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Category: Fantasy/Romance
Genre: Young Adult 
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back...

My Review:

I’m so glad that I finally picked up Greta and the Goblin Kind! It was much better than I expected it to be and it took me into a world so different than any other fantasy book I have read lately. Chloe Jacobs created a unique world filled with sexy goblins, creepy gnomes and all kinds of things that go bump in the night.  
“No matter who you are or where you come from, we're the same. We were meant to be together.”
I enjoyed Greta; she is a kick ass chick. No, I mean it. She literally kicks some major gnome ass! I think that’s why I enjoyed her so much, she doesn't take any crap. Being in a world that humans can’t really survive or wanted, made her tough. Being able to read her story was an adventure.

Then you have Isaac. Now you if think goblins can’t be sexy, oh, think again. This goblin was pretty darn sexy to me! I also can’t wait to get more Isaac in the next book. I really enjoyed his devotion to Greta. No matter how much she pushed him away, he always came back for her.

The world Chloe created was very unique. Something I can honestly say I haven’t read before. I think that is why I really enjoyed this book so much and why I just can’t wait to have my hands on the next one!

What I loved: The world that Chloe created, it was very different and Chloe’s writing style. Her action scenes actually kept me entertained, which is something that doesn't happen often.  I also really loved the interactions between Greta and Isaac; their connection was pretty intense.   

What I felt needs improvement: It did move at a good past, but too fast for my liking. I like when events play out over a time; however, the events that took place in this book happened really fast. Too quickly for me.

"If there were trust between us..." He stopped and took a deep breath. "You could have me."

Greta and the Goblin King is a book you need to pick up if you are looking for something a bit different from the other fantasy books out there. I absolutely couldn't get enough of it. It had a nice story-line and some really awesome characters. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Quote of the Week: Gilbert Highet

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes from a book I have read or am currently reading to share with you, my wonderful readers!!

Quote of the Week: 

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These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice... and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.
~Gilbert Highet


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Book Crazed Girl Update

Hey guys!

Just wanted to inform my lovely followers that I now have a Facebook page for my blog! I felt it was about time I got off my lazy butt and made one. I was using my personal account for all book related post; however, it was hard to keep up with it on my personal FB account. So, I felt it was time to make a page just for my blog. A way to spread my blog around and to just keep my personal FB account more for family and friends.

So, if you guys want to you can go over and like my page! It'll be a way to be updated with post that are up on my blog or any other book related information! 

In other news, my summer semester has started and I'm taking on a load. (I know, awesome right?) 

Love you all my wonderful followers!! Happy reading!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, #2) by Alexandra Bracken

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

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

Expected publication: October 15th 2013
by Disney-Hyperion

So, excited about this one! Loved the first book! 
And it comes out a day before my birthday!!! I need it!

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry

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). 

Yesterday, the girl would have been the main suspect in my murder. This morning, she's hot and friendly. Talk about mood swings.

Share your TT! 

COVER REVEAL: Smash Into You by Shelly Crane

Title: Smash Into You
Author: Shelly Crane 
Expected release date: Summer 2013
Genre:  Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations 
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description: 

Jude has spent the whole twenty three years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.

Never stop running…

Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.
Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.


About the Author: 

Shelly is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband's job. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read.

Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Review: This Girl (Slammed ,#3) by Colleen Hoover

This Girl
(Slammed, #3)

Colleen Hoover

New Adult/ Romance/ Contemporary 

4.5 stars out of 5
There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache.

Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

My Thoughts

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I really REALLY loved this book!! Now, those who have read Colleen Hoover’s books know, this chick can write! Every word that she puts down on paper is amazing, breathtaking and brilliant. This being said, the Slammed series by her, brilliant! I have enjoyed this series so much by her. However, it is once again such a bittersweet moment to see a wonderful series, one that I hold close to my heart come to an end. (If only books could just go on and on forever)

The Slammed series is three books that are very close to my heart. I have fallen in love with the characters and their wonderful journey. Then to see it all come to a close, reading that last page, it brought all those memories, from reading the first book to reading that last page in the final book, it all came together in a wonderful moment. I’m not able to put down just one thing I love about these books, I can’t because I love so many things about this series. And This Girl, it was just an incredible read.

This moment is incomparable
Now, This Girl is different from the first other books; however, just as amazing. This one is told from Will’s POV.  Reading from his point of view is just breathing. His mind is a place that can make any girl swoon. Boy, did I swoon a lot reading this book!  If you thought you couldn’t fall more in love with Will, well, get prepared to fall even more in love with him.

This Girl just recounts certain events that happened throughout the first two books, but from Will’s point of view. I was able to get more of the story this way, understand why he made the decisions he made. It was just so wonderful reading events and seeing how Will saw things. Seeing how he saw Layken. A more in-depth aspect is achieved just seeing through Will’s eyes.

Though I do which that Colleen gave us more events from Will. I also thought that how Colleen wrote the scenes by flipping back and forth from the present to the past. It helped the transition into each event that Will would tell Layken about.

I lie back on my pillow and think back to that day. The day that I fell for my wife.
Colleen’s writing style is just perfect; just like it was in the first two books. It’s just the way Colleen writes that can sweep me away, make me so absorb in her books. She has a way with words, and a way to make me just fall for all her characters.

This Girl wrapped up the series flawlessly.  And the Epilogue was just, let’s just say it brought tears to my eyes and put the biggest smile on my face. 

In all honesty, I enjoyed everything about this book, and having to put it done, see it end, was a very sad and nostalgic moment. However, this is another series that I won’t just pick up once; it’s a series I will always come back to. Re-experience the wonderful story that Colleen created. 

The entire series of Slammed was sweet, endearing, and touching! 

I want to be your soulmate, even if I don’t believe in them.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Quote of the Week: J.R. Redmerski

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes from a book I have read or am currently reading to share with you, my wonderful readers!!

Quote of the Week: 

“I think if past lives are real then we have been lovers in every single one of them. I've known you for a short time, but I feel like I've known you forever.”
― J.A. Redmerski, The Edge of Never