Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: Ink (Paper Gods, #1) by Amanda Sun

Title: Ink
Series: Paper Gods, #1
Author: Amanda Sun
Category: Urban Fantasy/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5/3 stars out of 5
I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.



*received this book from Netgalley for an honest review* 

 My thoughts: 


Now, I did, in a way, enjoy Ink. Once I started it, I had to see how it would end. I think what really drew me in was the mythology that Sun intertwined within her story. It was interesting and pulled me in. I also liked that the setting was Japan. I’m a lover of Japanese things; however, some of their culture and customs are very different from ours. Since I have kind of a limited knowledge of that, I wasn’t too thrown; however, if someone is not familiar, the actions and customs of the characters probably would see weird.
"It's not just the ink hunting you, Katie. I'm hunting you."
I think the author really only aimed her book to a certain crowd, or group of people. This book felt too much like a Japanese/ Korean drama, or even along the lines of an anime show. The actions of some of the character were way too dramatic. I actually shouted a few times at the characters, at why they were acting like that!!  So, if you aren’t into J-Dramas or Anime, I wouldn’t really pick this one up.

I also felt that the story moved at a very fast paced, making some of the events  unbelievable. I also felt that the developing romance, between Katie and Tomo to feel unnatural. Their interest in each other felt a bit forced, but it did have its sweet moments.  Though, I do like how Sun intertwined their connection.  It was very unique.

I honestly don’t know what to say about the characters. I did enjoy them, to an extent. Katie reacted a lot to her emotions, and some of her actions just didn’t connect, like there was no reason behind them. I couldn’t feel, or understand why she did some things. Then Tomo, he was a poo-poo head. Like Katie, his actions were random at times. And he was a very dramatic guy. He definitely had some sekrits.  I did like the mythology based on what Tomo was. That was one of the coolest thing in the entire book.
"I was an ink magnet. I was making the ink do things. I was connected to the Kami."
Amanda Sun did create an interesting series, and one that I will have to continue. I have to see where she takes the story. And since I am a lover of Japanese things, I did like getting lost in a book that was based in Japan. Though I did find a few things I didn’t enjoy, Sun did a good job creating a book with a decent mythology twist to it. 







Friday, June 28, 2013

Quote of the Week: Mortimer J. Adler


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:


"In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you."







Tuesday, June 25, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Naturally, Charlie by S. L. Scott

  
  Title: Naturally, Charlie
  Author: S. L. Scott 
  Release date: Re-launch June 25, 2013 
  Genre: Contemporary romance 
  Age Group: New Adult/Adult 
  Cover designed by: Jada D’Lee of Jada D’Lee Designs   
Twenty-five year old Charlotte "Charlie" Barrow is caught between her old life, and the one she is beginning to build, when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary.

Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.
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About the Author:

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S.L. Scott has a degree in Journalism and is the author of the novel, Naturally, Charlie, and several novellas, including Sleeping with Mr. Sexy and Morning Glory--all currently available on Amazon. Pursuing her passion for telling stories, she spends her days escaping into her characters, letting them lead her on their adventures. She is a Contributor to Huffington Post as well as writes for her own blog along with several other popular sites. Travelling, music festivals, and surfing are a few of her hobbies she loves, but she doesn't get to enjoy on a regular basis. She has an obsession with movies, a varied taste in books, and collects Fitz & Floyd teapots. With a memory full of useless trivia facts, and a Keurig addiction, she loves a fun night in with her family as much as a loud night out with her friends. Scott lives in the lively city of Austin with her husband, two young sons, and two Papillons, enjoying life in the beautiful hill country of Texas.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: Stray (Shifters, #1) by Rachel Vincent

Stray
(Shifters, #1)

Rachel Vincent

ADULT/Romance/Paranormal

4 stars out of 5
There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . . And I'm one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I'd been warned about Strays -- werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I'm no meek kitty. I'll take on whatever -- and whoever -- I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays -- 'cause I got claws, and I'm not afraid to use them . .



My thoughts: 


First off, I'm so happy I finally picked this one up off my shelf and gave it a go. I love Rachel Vincent, and this book by her was, like her Soul Screamers series, an emotional roller-coaster read! Each page had me on the edge of my sit, stomach in knots and breath trapped in my throat.  
“When mice run, cats give chase.” 
I never knew I could like werecats so much; honestly, I thought they would be pretty lame, not fun to read about or have any attractive guys. Oh, Rachel, how you have proven me oh so wrong!! This book showed me that werecats can be badass, fun to read about, and have fictional guys that make you swoon! Not only that, but Rachel created a world really awesome to get lost in.  One filled with danger and love.  This book definitely had my emotions all over the place!

I really enjoyed Faythe, now, at times she did get a little over the top. I kind of wanted to pop over the head a few times. But she is a very strong female. I think that’s why I did end up liking her and even when the choices she made weren’t really the best ones, she’s always trying to do the right thing. Other than her doing some stupid things, Faythe is going to be a character I will definitely love to continue reading about

Now, Marc, I really liked him. Though, like Faythe, I wanted to beat him sometimes! Put both him and Faythe in the same room. Wow. I think what I liked about him was that he never gives up on Faythe, he supported her, even when she would do stupid things. He was a very fun werecat to get to read about.

Not only were those two fun to get to know, but Rachel also throw in a great cast of characters. I really enjoyed the dynamics of them, all the different personalities.  Also, I enjoyed getting Rachel’s dynamics on the family and society of the werecats. I figured it would be similar like werewolves, but really it had its own vibe. Werecats are definitely interesting creatures.

The story moved at a great pace, and Rachel knows how to throw those twists at you and keep you on your toes.  The buildup of the conflict, everything leading up to it and after just was brilliantly written in my opinion. I couldn't put this book down once I started it. I had to know what was going to happen next. To say this book gave me a full range of emotions would be a lie, I was all over the place, experiencing every emotion known and unknown to man. I also know that I love me some werecats, never thought I would, but Rachel has proven me wrong. And I am happy about that.
“Kicking ass is surprisingly therapeutic”
This is another series by Rachel that I'm going to be obsessed with and that will throw my heart all over the place!








It's Monday! What are you reading? 6/24/13


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:



Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket--a gifted inventor--steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.



 

What are you reading??




Friday, June 21, 2013

Quote of the Week: Colleen Hoover


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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"The things that knock you down in life are tests, forcing you to make a choice between giving in and remaining on the ground or wiping the dirt off and standing up even taller than you did before you were knocked down. I'm choosing to stand taller. I'll probably get kicked down a few more times before this life is through with me, but I can guarantee you I'll never stay on the ground.”
―Colleen Hoover, Hopeless






Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave
(The 5th Wave, #1)

Rick Yancey

YA/Science Fiction/ Dystopian

5 stars out of 5
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.



 My Thoughts:


I've read a few alien books out there and, of course, watched all kinds of series/movies about those other life forms. I honestly thought I had seen/read all the ideas out there (though a few authors are surprising me). Well, that was before I encountered The 5th Wave. Okay, it wasn't all original and mind blowing, but there was just this element that give the book an original feel; that made it feel fresh and different all on its own.
“I thought I knew what loneliness was before he found me, but I had no clue. You don't know what real loneliness is until you've known the opposite.”
Okay, I’ll be honest; I did compare this book to a few other books out there, The Host being one of them. I try not to compare books because you will encounter books with similar elements to them, it’s going to happen. But I feel trying to not compare books makes it easier to see the book all on its own without other books jumping out at you and then making you judge. Now I did feel there were similar elements in The 5th Wave that were like The Host; however, I discovered that Yancey gave his book something unique. A really well developed environment and a much more darker side of human nature. I experienced how low a human can go; saw a much different world if we were ever overtaken by beings from out of this universe.  It also felt more real, more personal in a way.

I would describe The 5th Wave as a book that really took me by complete surprise. It was shockingly scary, grippingly dark, and unbelievably real. 

I also really enjoyed the characters, and that it changes POV’s between four different characters. I did get confused at first, but it didn't take me long at all to get used to it. Then, I enjoyed all the different POVs. I was able to get not only one, put four different perspectives, four different realities.  I got to see and understand how differently these characters reacted and dealt with the invasion. It made the story, to me, even more enjoyable and believable.
Each character also had their flaws along with their strengths. I really enjoyed Cassie. She was a very dynamic character. She showed me how a person alone is affected, how she dealt with everything. At times, it was very emotional and sad.  But then being in her mind was a thrill, she was cocky and arrogant!! I felt that brought a lot of depth to her. I also felt that it saved her from the world she was thrown in. 
“I am a shark, Cassie," he says slowly, drawing the words out, as if he might be speaking to me for the last time. Looking into my eyes with tears in his, as if he's seeing me for the last time. "A shark who dreamed he was a man.”
The other characters, like Cassie, were enjoyable to read. And being able to get inside their heads made it that much more fun. I won’t talk about them, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but the other characters really gave the story another interesting depth to it. I was able to see how each different character would react to the things that were thrown at them. Who to trust, who to love, who they were. Trying to overcome their past, and to figure out if they had a future. I got to experience through these character’s eye’s, the effect, the desperation, the hurt and the strength they faced and felt in the situations they are in, when humanity is at its lowest, at its most scary, at its most deadly.

This world was dark. Yancey did a good job, in my opinion, of creating a world that is scary real. I felt like this would be how to world would be if alien’s took over, and they weren't here to talk to our leader.  Rick also set up the events nicely, one thing lead smoothly into another. Though at times, the pace did feel a bit slow. I also enjoyed Yancey’s view, how he described the aliens. That was pretty awesome! How the aliens were taking over everything; controlling the human population and their waves of attack. The twists that Yancey throws out there took me by surprise. I couldn't really figure out what was going to happen, how the characters were going to react, or who was an alien or not.

The only complaint I had was the romance factor. The relationship that builds between Cassie and Evan felt too forced at times, and built really fast. I did enjoy it; I just felt that the author could have added just a bit more to it, to make it feel more real.
"Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity's last war, then I am the battlefield.”
I loved The 5th Wave, and I cannot wait for the next book! I definitely recommend if you want a read that will take you on one hell of a journey into a world that is dark, scary and unbelievably real, with a side of aliens.








Swoon Thursday: The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

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. 

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Avery was something new for me. I wanted to know how a body like hers felt. I wanted to touch her. I wanted to explore every inch of her.


This book was ADORABLE!! And that moment ;D heehee


What made you swoon this week??



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Crash into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry



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



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


 I WANT!!!!


What are you waiting on?




Tuesday, June 18, 2013

BOOK BLITZ: Vulture (The Ferryman & the Flame, #3) by Rhiannon Paille

  

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Vulture by Rhiannon Paille 
Series: The Ferryman and the Flame #3 
Publication date: June 18th 2013 
Genre: YA Fantasy



Synopsis:
How far would you go to betray everything you've ever known?

Kaliel didn't think second chances came with this much turmoil. Exiled from her home, surrounded by strangers and in love with a boy she barely recognizes, she can't take it. She has her best friend, a new mentor, and a chance to win the war against the Valtanyana, but it's all wrong. Desperate to salvage some semblance of her former life, she makes a deal that shatters everything.

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Excerpt from VULTURE:
Krishani threw a knapsack over the backside of a piebald white horse. Kaliel froze and looked at the ground, licking her lips and then biting the bottom lip. He noticed her, but his face filled with alarm. She closed the distance between them and looked at the horse. “What are you doing?”

Krishani pulled on the saddle strap and stared at her with vacant eyes. “I won’t be long.”

Kaliel stepped back, heart aching, palms sweaty. She frowned and let out a long breath. “You’re not going to say goodbye?”

Krishani sighed and moved towards her with lightning speed, taking her hands in his and pressing them against his chest. His eyes searched hers but all they found was disappointment.

“I’m sorry,” he whispered. She didn’t say anything, and he moved his hand to the small her back. His mouth came down on hers hard and clumsy, like he hadn’t planned to kiss her, but he didn’t know what else to do. She kept her hand firmly on his chest but he gripped her tighter, her arm crushed between them. Her head swirled with thousands of questions she wanted to ask, but it was hard to concentrate when he kissed her desperately as if the land would crumble if he didn’t. She curled her free hand around the back of his neck where his skin was clammy. Her fingers knotted in his hair and he pulled back, breathing hard.

Her expression hadn’t changed at all. Her eyebrows drew together and her hand pressed against his fast beating heart but all she could feel was the dread pooling in her stomach. She tried to stave off the tears but she knew something was wrong. “Why did you kiss me like that?”

Krishani seemed confused. “Like what?”

She sighed. “Like you’re never coming back.”


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The Ferryman & the Flame


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About the author:


Rhi was never a normal girl. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. She's married to a chef/comic book shop owner and has a fondness for architecture. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site: www.yafantasyauthor.com

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Review: Baking Love by Lauren Boyd

Title: Baking Love
Author: Lauren Boyd
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: Adult
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
 *I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Three years ago, Kate Sullivan fell in love with her best friend, Eric Wagner. Before she could tell him, he abruptly ended their friendship. Now Eric has walked into Kate’s bakery and back into her life—but why? Is he here to confess his love for her?


No. He’s here to order his groom’s cake. He’s getting married…to another woman.


My Review:

I did have high expectations for this book, but sadly, I wasn't that taken away by it. Now I really wanted to be, the author, Lauren, is such a sweet person and when she came to me asking if I would read her book I was pretty stoked. The summary of it sounded good, right up my alley.  And as soon as I could I picked this baby up.

I don’t know if I was just feeling off that day, or because I had so much more on my mind, I just couldn't fall in love with Baking Love. If the book does sound like you would enjoy it, please, give it a try!! I know there are readers out there, who will just love this book; who will fall in love with Kate and Eric.

With tears in her eyes, Kate lifted her head and met Jess's gaze. "How am I supposed to make a wedding cake for the man I love... and the woman he loves?"

Now, Kate is definitely a character a lot of ladies can identify with. She does have spunk, that’s what really drew me into her character. Plus, her situation she gets thrown into, I just couldn't help but not feel for her. (Having to bake a cake for your former crush/love’s new fiancĂ©… Who cannot just feel for her?) But as the story progressed, Kate showed amazing strength. And she did get an ending every girl wishes for.  Also, being inside of her head was fun!

I don’t really know what to say about Eric. He definitely proved that the mind and heart don’t always agree with each other.  What I enjoyed was the even though he shows up with someone else, the heat between Kate and Eric are there. In the end, I really did start to like his character.

This is a cute, short read; however, I did just have a few things I felt could have been better. To me, the characters could have felt better-rounded.  Also the story just felt too simple at times, if that even makes sense. There could have been more depth to not only the characters, but the story as well.  I DID LOVE all the cake talk, my god, I was craving me some cake while reading this book!!

"It turned out to be the greatest moment of my life... because you're the best thing that has ever happened to me."

Baking Love is about finding love, even in the places you least expect it, and that everyone can have second chances.Lauren Boyd can write, and I’m really looking forward to reading her other books!!



 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sneak Peek: Frigid by J. Lynn


Today is an exciting day - we have FOUR HUGE SURPRISES for you! Jennifer L. Armentrout's (writing as J. Lynn) FRIGID is set to release on e-book at the end of July. If you're anything like us, you're probably on pins and needles and just cannot wait to get your hands on a copy of this book.
FRIGID has already been given the honor of being named a Romantic Times Top Pick and we're super excited for you to be able to read it as well!
Well, there's good news! Are you ready for those four awesome surprises? Here we go!
1. Due to all the excitement surrounding FRIGID, we have decided to run a special e-book pre-order promotion. We have worked out a deal with the distributor to release FRIGID a full two weeks early -- on JULY 15th!!! -- if we meet our e-book pre-order goal. EEEEP! That's right, if you are like the rest of us and want to be able to read FRIGID in its entirety before its original release date, all you have to do is PRE-ORDER THE E-BOOK NOW! What are you waiting for? GO! Pre-order it!

Pre-Order Links: Barnes & Noble / Amazon

2. Need something to hold you over until FRIGID releases? Well, starting right now, you can read the first three chapters of FRIGID for free! Just read below!

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3. Can’t get enough of the hot FRIGID cover? Want to see some behind the scenes photos that are sure to make you swoon? You’re in luck! Below you can watch a slideshow of all the behind the scenes photos from the photo shoot! Go on and watch it. We’ll wait, because there is still one more great surprise!
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4. And last but not least, if you live near Philadelphia, PA, you're in for a very special treat -- Jennifer will be in Philly in November signing not only FRIGID but also the last book in her immensely popular COVENANT series, SENTINEL! But that's not all, Adam, the super hot cover model from FRIGID will be there as well! So, yes, you'll get to meet Jennifer and Adam! Plus, there will be other great prizes that you seriously won't want to miss out on (dinner with the author and model, perhaps?)! Stay tuned for more details to come! We hope you're as excited as we are! 


So now....Go pre-order FRIGID! Go read those chapters! Go watch that slideshow! And Enjoy!