Friday, November 29, 2013

Quote of the Week: Author Unknown

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:

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In the end, people will judge you anyway. Don’t live your life impressing others. Live your life impressing yourself.  

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Between the Spark and the Burn (Between #2) by April Genevieve Tucholke

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

The conclusion to Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, this gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier is a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures and Anna Dressed in Blood.

Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it's easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he'd done both to me.

The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet's life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River's other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn't long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .

What are you waiting on? 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Review: One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breathes, #2) by K. A. Tucker

Title: One Tiny Lie
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths, #2
Author: K.A. Tucker
Category: New Adult 
Genre: Romance/ Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

*received from NetGalley*
My Thoughts 

Okay, I just love this series. I love K. A. Tucker! Love , love, love! Lots of love here people! If you haven’t read the first book in the series you need too! And if you haven’t gotten to One Tiny Lie, you are missing out on a great story!

One Tiny Lie was such a beautifully told story with a great pace, a wonderful plot build up, and heartwarming character growth. Livie’s story was beautiful, and I am so glad to have experienced it.  The writing style sucked me in, and the characters brought this story life.
"Thank you." Swallowing my ball of nerves, I whisper, "For what?" "For helping me to forget. Even for a little while."
Livie, Kacey’s younger sister, is finally on her own, and doing what she thinks she wants to do. But being who she is, a very shy, na├»ve person, she really faces some challenges when she goes off to college and catches the attention of not one but two guys. This really sets up for an emotional read about personal growth, learning who you are, and for standing up for yourself and for others.  

Livie is a great character. She really was. Being able to finally get her story, to understand her more added a great depth to the world K.A. Tucker has created.  Like Kacey, Livie has also suffered from the events that have happened in the past few years, though she has suffered quite differently than Kacey. What I loved most about Livie is how she overcomes the problems she is face with. This allows her to really become a strong character. Though she is a shy individual and very innocent, I really did adore her. And the character transformation she goes through was very emotional and wonderful to witness.

Now, let’s talk some Ashton. I adored this guy. Yes, he kind of enters the book with a sexy scene and of course he has some problems of his own. But I really enjoyed the emotional depth of his character. Though he does come off as a butthead in the book (which made me want to shake him a few times), he really is a great character. What I loved about him is, he too, over comes some very personal demons and emotional scars.  When he enters Livie’s life, he challenges her and makes her question her life and her decision, they both challenge each other. I love when characters challenge each other!  Ashton’s character really draws you in. And just like Livie, I loved watching Ashton’s character transformation.

Oh, the dreaded love triangle! Connor is the guy that brings this little twist into the equation. Yes, I hate love triangles, but it wasn’t that bad in this book. It was done well, and felt believable. The author allowed me to see and understand why this love triangle was taking place. Connor comes into Livie’s life when she is very confused, and he is what she thinks she wants. Though Connor wasn’t my favorite, he was still a sweet guy and I do hate what he went through. But he definitely added a great twist to the story.

There are quite a few characters in this book, some new ones I really liked and of course some old faces make an appearance! I loved that Kacey, Trent, Storm and the rest of the cast showed their faces! It was awesome! I adore these characters, so to see them again was really heartwarming!
“You’re my forever girl.” 
The best thing about this series is the character development the characters go through. The author really challenges them, tests them, and sets them up to encounter many obstacles.  It is wonderful to read and experience the growth of both Livie and Ashton. It made me love their characters that much more.

One Tiny Lie was a great addition to this really amazing series. I am so glad I got Livie’s story, to see and understand her character.  I definitely recommend this one for those who love a contemporary read that is not only about romance, but self-discovery, true friendship, hope, and love.  

Monday, November 25, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/25/13

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:

To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.

When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin. 

Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult. 

When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out. 

But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.

*received from NetGalley*
Expected publication: December 17th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press


What are you reading??

Friday, November 22, 2013

Quote of the Week: William Styron

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:

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“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
― William Styron

Thursday, November 21, 2013

COVER REVEAL: A Little Too Hot (A Little Too Far #3) by Lisa Desrochers

Title: A Little Too Hot (A Little Too Far #3) 
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Genre: Romance
Age Group: New Adult 18+
Expected Publication Date:  January 21st

From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, comes the third book in her sizzling New Adult series.

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.
Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.


About the Author:

Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR , courtesy of HarperCollins, and companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (Nov 12, 2013), and A LITTLE TOO HOT (Jan 21, 2014). Also in stores is her YA PERSONAL DEMONS trilogy (Macmillan).

She lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Come to Me Quietly (Closer to You #1) by A.L. Jackson

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

Aleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside.

Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain.

Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himself drawn back to the place where it all began. The exact place where it ended. When he runs into his childhood best friend, Aleena’s older brother Christopher, he agrees to share Christopher and Aleena’s apartment while he looks for a place of his own.

Aleena is no longer the little girl Jared remembers from his past and evokes feelings in him he never wanted to feel again. Terrified of destroying her, he fights to keep her away. But her touch is something he can’t resist—the touch that sealed his fate.

Their pasts are intertwined and their futures uncertain. The only truths they know are the secrets they whisper in the night.

Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by NAL Trade

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Review: (ARC) Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3) by Katie McGarry

Title: Crash into You
Series: Pushing the Limits, #3
Author: Katie McGarry
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

 (received from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review)

 My Thoughts   

I just love this series by Katie. Each book was just a fantastic story, and Crash into You was a great addition to this wonderful series.  Now, I think between all three my two favorites would have to be Pushing the Limits and Crash into You. Each story really delved deep into each character and their stories were all so brilliantly told.

Crash into You, though not a book filled with a lot of surprises, was just a wonderful read! It captured my attention, and took me on a very nice ride. It was sweet, intense, and beautifully told.
My heart beats frantically. Isaiah is hot and scary and hot. Why on earth would a guy like him want to be anywhere near a girl like me?
I’m really glad to have Isaiah’s story told. His story was a very emotional, and heart touching one. I loved every minute of it. He really is a great, caring guy and being inside his head was an experience that I adored. I really got absorbed into his world. He has that tough, bad boy exterior but, yet, he has the most beautiful soul. He’s development throughout the story was a delight to watch and experience.

I really did enjoy Rachel. She is a strong character, despite everything she goes through. I adored her sweetness, her car obsession, and naive nature.  I felt she really was a great match for Isaiah.  Rachel is a good presentation that even if you have money, your life could be far from perfect. And everything that she goes through just made me really enjoy her. At the end, though what happened to her broke my heart, she really developed into a wonderful, very strong individual.

Another great part is that Noah, Echo, Beth, and even Ryan make appearances in Crash into You. Though not a lot it was nice seeing them again. I also did like Rachel’s brothers, Ethan and West. The side characters were all well-developed and I enjoyed their roles they played. Though some creeped me out!

The romance between Isaiah and Rachel was adorable, sweet, and heartfelt. As I mentioned, I did feel that they are great counterparts for each other. They, in a lot of ways, helped each other. Isaiah helped Rachel break out of her shell, and Rachel made Isaiah feel worthy and love. Though their love is more tamed compared to the first two books, it was still a joy to read!

The pacing in the book was wonderful. I didn't really feel a drag, nor feel like the book was losing anything in the greatness value. And as I mentioned, though the story wasn't filled with a lot of surprises (I could guess a lot to what was going to happen) I couldn't put it down. I became enthralled once I started! The detailed was good, I enjoyed the conflicts, the emotional depth of the characters, their own personal stories, and Katie’s writing style.

The only thing that I felt a bit disappointment on was that, I guess, I expected the book to end differently. Though how it did end wasn't bad at all. I just wanted more out of the ending. I felt like it wasn't the ending. If that makes any sense!
Girls like her never notice guys like me and damn me to hell for enjoying her touch and the sound of my name on her lips. 
All in all, this book is a wonderful addition to this series! One I adored!  Crash into You was a very heart-in-your-throat kind of read. So if you love fast cars, hot boys, a beautiful romance, then you will adore this book! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/18/13

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 serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. 

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


What are you reading??

Sunday, November 17, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Seeking Her (Losing It #3.5) by Cora Carmack

Seeking Her 
(Losing It #3.5)
by Cora Carmack 
Release Date: January 28th 2014 
A few months after being honorably discharged from the military, Jackson Hunt is still struggling to adjust back to the real world. He needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he’s going to keep his own demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal. 

Bodyguard (and baby-sitter) to spoiled-rich-girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he’d been looking for, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away from the home that has felt stifling ever since his return. It would be a pretty sweet gig if it weren’t for the fact that Kelsey’s father doesn’t want Kelsey to know she’s being followed. Hunt feels guilty (and a little bit creepy) as he watches her from afar. She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When he sees her falling into the same patterns that he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know her is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her,the more he wants her.

About the Author:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Weekly Recap #20

Recap on the books I got this week!



Quote of the Week:

Friday, November 15, 2013

Quote of the Week: Kobi Yamada

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:

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"She turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans."
-Kobi Yamada