Friday, August 30, 2013

Quote of the Week: Neil Gaiman


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:


“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline






Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: Fallen Too Far (Too Far Trilogy, #1) by Abbi Glines

Title: Fallen Too Far
Series: Too Far Trilogy, #1
Author: Abbi Glines
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

*MATURE 18 +*


My Thoughts 

I really do enjoy Abbi Glines, she's a great writer. And I have fallen in love with the way she can tell beautiful, sweet stories. So, when I finally picked up Fallen Too Far, I was excited about this one. I thought I would once again encounter a really good read by Abbi. Sadly, my expectations were not met.  I try not to have expectations when it comes to books, but sometimes I just can’t help it. Though this story wasn't that amazing to me, it was still an enjoyable read. 

The idea of this story really piqued my curiosity. That is what really captured my interest to pick the book in the first place. I definitely enjoyed how Rush and Blaire end up together. However, to me, the romance could have been more. I felt that the relationship moved too fast and developed too fast. There could have been way more depth to not only their love, but each other as well.

Blaire is definitely the kind of female character I like the read about. She’s a very strong-willed individual. Even though her situation would make others sad and depressed, she stood on her two own feet and fought. She’s cocky and quite stubborn. But despite that, she was a good character. I also liked that she didn't take Rush’s bullshit. And he did dish that out. But she never faltered when it came to any hardship she faced. 

Now, at first, Rush really rubbed me the wrong way. He was an ass from the get go. He is definitely a complicated character, like Blaire, he has quite a few problems.  But he did eventually warm up and I did begin to enjoy his character. He is a lot like Blaire, in that he is strong, but also stubborn. However, I couldn't fall in love with his character though but I did enjoy him.

I did like the attraction between the two. Though I couldn't really feel it fully, I could sense it somewhat. That was one of my problems with the book; I couldn't really feel their attraction. It moved too fast for my liking. To me, there could have been so much more development with not only the characters, their love, but the story-line as well. The book could have been so much better. 
“He wasn't what sent me running. He was what had made me want to stay.” 

The Good: Rush and Blaire’s love. To me, that was a very beautiful part of the story. This book is also a great set up for the rest of the series. The ending helped capture my attention and I know I’ll be reading the rest of the series! 

The Bad: The pacing. Though I loved Rush and Blaire’s love, it developed too fast for my liking. I felt that the story could have been more; their love could have been more in-depth. I also felt there could have been more development into the characters and the story-line. 
“You said everything I needed to hear. I'm hooked now. You have me. What are you going to do with me?” 
Despite my few problems with this one, it was still a really good, intense emotional read. I enjoyed it. I definitely recommend this one to fans of Abbi Glines, or those you enjoy a nice, quick read filled with emotion, heartbreak, and love. 





Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh Mafi


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



The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love"

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.


Expected publication: February 4th 2014
by HarperCollins

 
What are you waiting on?

 



Sunday, August 25, 2013

Weekly Recap: #16



Hey guys! Sorry, no vlog this week, new semester started and my family was down visiting for the week. So to say it has been a busy (and stressful) week would be an understatement. But I did manage to get a few books :) Though not a lot of reading done 
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Quote of the Week: Elizabeth Scott


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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"I love books. I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that's way more interesting than yours will ever be."
-Elizabeth Scott






Thursday, August 22, 2013

COVER REVEAL: That One Summer (Summer, #3) by C.J. Duggan



 Title: That One Summer (Summer, #3)
  Author: C. J. Duggan
  Expected release:  Expected: 2014
  Genre: New Adult
  Age Group: Adult 


BLURB:
Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day …

He sure could kiss.

As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve.

So that can only mean one thing: road trip!

No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson. She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place?

After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the Onslow Hotel, fearing she’s missed her chance for a ride. The last thing she expected to meet was a less-than-happy Onslow Boy leaning against his black panel van.

Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.


Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.

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Add to GOODREADS:
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About the Author:



C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series. For more on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’

There is an element of cringe-worthiness when I say writing to me is an extension of who I am. I know it’s rather cliché, but it is so deeply ingrained in me, and has been for so many years, it’s impossible to contemplate not doing it.

In all my creative, secluded wisdom, I must say I had never thought of it as something to share with others, never thought of it as a career, it’s not about sitting down at the desk to churn out a best-seller and retire from that check in the mail. For me, it’s not a job it’s just what I do; to be honest, I had never given it too much thought.

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**GIVEAWAY**






Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2) by Colleen Hoover

Title: Losing Hope
Series: Hopeless, #2
Author: Colleen Hoover
CategoryContemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

  

My Review:

If I thought I couldn’t love Dean Holder more than I already do, well, Losing Hope proved me wrong!  Colleen Hoover is simply, without a doubt, awesome. This lady can write. I have loved every book I have read by her so far, and the Hopeless series is beautiful. One more book I can add to the list of, I'M SO HAPPY I READ IT!

One would think that re-reading the same story would be a bit boring, but having the story told at a completely different angle is something to behold. And having that story told from the POV of Dean flippin’ Holder, ladies, get ready to have your heart broken, mended back together, thrown around, and loved. Losing Hope was a tumultuous of emotions for me. I thought Hopeless was an emotional book, Sky’s story was beautiful. But seeing the story through Dean’s eyes was more than emotional. It was heartfelt, intimate, and surreal.

I also loved seeing Sky through Dean’s eyes. That made the story a thrill to read. I also got a better understanding of the entire series, by being able to get inside his head. More things were brought to the front-line  and I was able to completely understand why Dean acted the way he did in Hopeless. This book really does explain a lot.

I also have to mention the side characters. I liked being able to see Les, even though there wasn't much of an appearance of her. But that little bit helped me understand Dean more. Let’s not forget Daniel, Dean’s partner in crime. I loved him. He was the perfect comical relief needed for this emotional book. Daniel was just a funny and well-rounded character I couldn't get enough of.
“But I'm not falling in love with her piece by piece anymore. I'm in love with the whole girl. Every single piece of her.” 
The Good:  The whole book was good! I actually felt that this book was more emotional than the first. Seeing the world through Dean’s eyes was breathtaking. This boy has been through a lot, and seeing him struggle and then overcome those odds was beyond heartwarming.  Being able to see how Dean saw Sky, how he struggled when he realized who she was, how he felt when his sister died, and how he cared for Sky, was incredible.  I fall even more in love with Dean.  He really does have the big heart.

The Bad: Nothing was bad about this book. I only wish we gotten more scenes from Dean’s POV. I wanted more, no, I needed more. I also felt that it was too short. But, despite that, I think Colleen outdone herself. Losing Hope is a beautiful read (as I keep mentioning).
“Time has completely stopped, and all I'm thinking about while we kiss is how this is what saves people. Moments like these with people like her are what make all the sufferings worth it.” 
I loved this book, maybe even more so than Hopeless. To me, it was more emotional and heartbreaking. Being inside Dean’s head was a wonderful experience. I definitely recommend this series if you just love a beautiful, heart wrenching, love story. 






Tuesday, August 20, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Hopeless For You by Hayden Hill

HOPELESS FOR YOU by Hayden Hill is scheduled for release on September 21st, 2013. To be notified when the book comes out. click here.

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  Title: Hopeless For You
  Author: Hayden Hill
  Expected release:  September 21rd 2013
  Genre: New Adult
  Age Group: Adult 

BLURB:
Ash Jensen, a squeaky-clean sophomore at the University of Tennessee, has a trail of baggage a mile long. She swore she'd never love again but when she finds herself interned to a yummy Canadian conservation officer that promise is tested big-time. Kade Gyllenhahl sports wild tattoos, a rebellious attitude and a fohawk to die for. He's definitely the wrong man for her and she knows it.

Kade doesn't have time for a girl like her. She's a pretentious, unreadable princess who lives her life by her parents' rules. Besides, he'll lose his job if he sleeps with Ash. Now if only he could get his mind off her.


When the two of them end up alone and isolated on a routine field trip into the woods, things get a little complicated...

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ABOUT HAYDEN HILL:

Hayden Hill is the author of HOPELESS FOR YOU, an upcoming New Adult contemporary romance.                        

When not writing, Hayden enjoys photography and travel. Hayden is known to have a weakness for a certain white chocolate cheesecake...


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Monday, August 19, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 8/19/13


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:


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Cas Lowood, armed with his late father's athame knife, kills ghosts. In Thunder Bay, Anna, forever 16, drips blood on her white dress from throat slit in 1958, and rips apart anyone who enters her house - except Cas. He makes new friends - high school queen Carmel, jock Will, admiring nerd Thomas and Tom's voodoo grandpa Morfran - to fight this demon.



What are you reading??




Saturday, August 17, 2013

Review (ARC): Feel the Rush (Hard Feelings, #2) by Kelsie Leverich

Title: Feel the Rush
Series: Hard Feelings, #2
Author: Kelsie Leverich
Category: Contemporary/Mature Romance
Genre: Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5 
*ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review*
The New York Times bestselling author of The Valentine’s Arrangement continues her sizzling series with a new novel of a plan that goes awry—in the arms of a soldier…

Picking the wrong men is a talent Meagan Mitchell has perfected. She’s sweet, confident, beautiful—and single. With her thirtieth birthday sneaking up on her, she needs a new plan. No more Mr. Wrongs or Mr. Bads, it’s time to find Mr. Safe…

Army Captain, Reed Porter, lives for the thrill—he’s an Airborne Jumpmaster with a rush addiction. He’s sexy and playful, and he quickly tempts Meagan with his rich Southern drawl and sinful looks. But slowing down and settling down are not in his agenda, making him exactly the type of man Meagan wants to avoid…

As their undeniable attraction heats up, Meagan has to decide if she’s willing to risk everything on a chance at love with a reckless charmer. Is she brave enough to bet her future—and her heart—on Mr. Thrill? Or will Reed finally learn that the feeling of a safe landing is just as addicting as the rush of the fall?

*Mature Adult*

Expected publication: August 20th 2013 by Inter Mix

 

My Thoughts 

I enjoyed this book so much! Not only because the main character’s name was so eerily similar to mine, or the fact that the story was such an endearing read. No, it was because this book was just plain amazing! I fall in love with Kelsie’s writing when I read her first book, The Valentine’s Arrangement, which was this sexy and steamy read. So, being able to read another book by her, another smexy read, well, I couldn't pass that opportunity up!

By the first chapter, I knew I was going to really enjoy this book. And I was right; it was the perfect kind of naughty pleasure read that I love getting lost in from time to time. Plus, it features sexy men in uniforms. What warm blooded woman could resist a man in uniform!!??!  Well, Feel the Rush had that and more.
"Sometimes, the things we're afraid of'- "the things that scare us the most, are the things that give us the biggest rush."
Meagen was a strong character, the ones I just love to read about; one that can definitely stand on their own. Plus, she had that sarcastic attitude that I can’t help enjoy.  Even though she’s kind of going through a life crisis, I thought Meagen was a very well written character. She was also so strong, and a very caring person.  I also can’t forget her two cats; I loved their names so much! Harry and Weasley!

So a smexy read can’t be a smexy read unless there is a smexy guy. Well girls, let’s enter Reed! I fall for his character immediately.  It wasn't only because I could picture him in a uniform, and he looked damn good by the way, but because he was also a strong, and caring guy. I loved that he put others way before himself.  He never really thought about his well-being  he put everyone else first.

Feel the Rush is also written in 3rd person, which I’m not a very big fan of, but Kelsie does it perfect. She writes in a way that I’m still able to get lost within the pages and experience everything right there with the characters. I also loved that the book switched POVs between the Meagen and Reed, being about to get inside both character's heads was an endearing experience. I loved seeing how they saw each other. The steamy sexy scenes were, well, steamy and sexy! They were just the right kind of naughty that I like. It was pure and beautiful in a lot of ways, too.

I definitely experienced a lot of emotions while reading this book, and though I wanted to cry at points, yell at the characters at times, or just squish them with love, I enjoyed every emotion I experienced.
"You're my forever."
The story and plot were well done, and even though I did predict a certain event, it didn't really take much away from the story. Kelsie was still able to surprise me.  Now, I did feel like the story dragged during the middle of the book, but that didn’t last very long. Other than that, I found the pacing good and Kelsie’s story telling amazing. I actually enjoyed Feel the Rush a bit more than I did The Valentine’s Arrangement.

I definitely recommend this book if you love a good smexy read, or if you love to experience a sweet and endearing love story. 



Friday, August 16, 2013

Quote of the Week: David Henry Hwang


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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“I'm happy. Which often looks like crazy.”
— David Henry Hwang





Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Title: The Demon King
Series: Seven Realms, #1
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Category: High Fantasy/ Adventure/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
One day Han Alister catches three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet away from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won’t use it against him. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battle to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of riding and hunting with her father’s family. Raisa aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems that her mother has other plans for her—plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.

The Seven Realms will tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide in this stunning page-turner from best-selling author Cinda Williams Chima.

  

My Thoughts 

Lately, I haven’t really been getting into fantasy and adventure novels. Which is sad because I love them.  I love the ones that are just amazing and take me on one hell of a ride. I think the reason for that is because I haven’t really found one that I could get completely lost in. I think that is because I haven’t been in the mood for those types of books. Well, The Demon King changed that for me. I couldn't put down this book, literally. When I had to, I was thinking about. Once I started this book, it consumed me. 


The world that Cinda created really was intriguing and sucked me right in. It was intricate and beautifully detailed.  I really loved it. But I think what was the coolest thing is that this story revolves around ancient tales, mysteries, battles, and good old wizard power!! I love a good ol wizard story. This world Cinda created in based on many things, but mainly a world seeped in magic.

Not only did I enjoy the world Cinda created but also the characters. There are a few main characters and I love that the story not only tells the POV of one of them, but all of them. Even though the book is written in 3rd person POV, I barely realized it.
Despite the grim situation, there was something about him, a kind of wild untamed humor and bravado and dogged stubbornness that tugged at her. He expects nothing, she thought, because he's never had anything. And nothing was expected of him. He was free in a way she never would be. 
Han is probably my favorite character. A street rat trying to not only take care of himself, but his mother and sister at the same time. However, Han has a little bit of bad luck. He is always getting himself in very bad and very dangerous situations. When he has a run in with some newbie wizards, his life really does begin to change. He is thrust into a world he never thought he would enter. What I liked about Han was that he is an interesting, smart, and very caring guy. Though he happens to always land into bad situations, I could tell he was a good perosn. And despite the fact he grew up with nothing, he is a very noble character.

Raisa, another MC, wasn't what I was really expecting. I loved that she isn't like the other princesses that you usually encounter in these types of books. She is a very head strong individual, and she does not want to be ignorant of what her people are going through. She’s a fighter, literally, and she doesn't mind getting her hands dirty. Though she doesn't always make the best decision, I enjoyed being able to read from her POV and getting to know her character. Like Han, I like her, and I liked that she wasn't what I was expected.

This book has a wide range of characters, each uniquely made and very important to the story. It was also very interesting to see how each character, no matter if they are a princess, an ex-gang leader, or a member of the clans; they are all integrated in some way. Everyone, especially Han and Raisa, are connected in some way, though that hasn't been fully explained why and how yet, it's still very interesting. 
 Han Alister-streetlord of the Raggers, a wayward hustler with blood on his hands and a grudge in his heart and too many enemies to count-Han Alister was also a wizard who could shoot flame out of his fingers and fling jinxes and bend others to his will.  Han Alister was the descendant of a madman...
The world itself is immense and complex. I just couldn't get enough of that. This book has mystery, magic, fighting, adventure and romance. The plot is intriguing and beautifully crafted. The pacing was just to my liking, and there are bits and pieces of hints as to what is going to happen later on in the series.  The Demon King is more setting up for future events that are to later happen. It is drawing everything and everyone together. Though nothing too major happens, I loved it. I enjoyed the characters, the world, and the aspect of what is going to happen. I’m also very glad this series is completed because I have a feeling I’m going to finish it as soon as possible!

I definitely recommend this series to those who love a book full of wonder, adventure, mystery, magic, fear, hope, and love.