Friday, May 30, 2014

Quote of the Week: Maya Angelou

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:

Changing it up a bit this week in honor of Maya Angelou.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) by Susan Ee

Title: World After
Series: Penryn & the End of Days, #2
Author: Susan Ee
Category: Paranormal/ Dystopian/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?


My Review: 

This world that Susan has created just seems to get better and better and I can’t wait to see how awesome it is just by book three! I’m also a big angel/apocalyptic type of books fan; I don’t know why but I just love getting lost in those kinds of worlds. However, it is just so hard to find ones that really stand out; that are unique, intriguing, and take you on one really amazing reading adventure. Penryn & the End of Days is one of those series.

Though it’s been so long since I read the first book, getting into the second one was a bit bumpy. I had to skim over the first book from time to time just to recall people and certain events; however, after I got a few chapters in the excitement, the euphoric feeling I got from reading the first book came rushing back, as well as most of the events that took place in the first book.
“Of course you’re fine.” She keeps walking. “You’re the devil’s bride and these are his creatures.” 
Penryn doesn’t waste time trying to figure out what is going on in her world and tries her hardest to protect her sister and her mother in an angel-ravaged world. What I love so much about the character of Penryn is how tough this girl is. She’ll punch anyone in the face, angels included, if they are trying to harm her or the ones she cares about. I adore heroines like that. Ones that fight, yet also have a bit of a vulnerable side as well. Her love for her family and willingness to protect them is amazing, and her desire for Raffe is something I enjoy reading so much  about.

And, of course, I cannot not talk about the cocky and arrogant angel that has no sense of humor but thinks he is hilarious; Raffe really is another character that stole my heart. Being saved by a human, something that has never happened to any angel, changes him. Though he tries so hard to deny it, I can see it peeking out, slowly shining through. There is definitely more to him than meets the eye. But he has also grown, like Penryn, since the first book. Though he doesn’t openly express his emotions he definitely shows them more. He’s arrogant but kind and willing to do whatever it takes to protect Penryn. And I love that!

Susan did take a very different approach to angels, one I haven’t really encountered before, and she handled it all so well.  The world she created is dark, grotesque, and can be quite scary. I loved every bit of that! It made the book hauntingly real, like maybe something like this could happen. That angels could fall from heaven and just wage a war on humans. I also loved the twists she throws in: the angels have no idea why they are on earth either. That is one very intriguing factor, one that keeps me glued to the pages because I want to know why they are on earth as well.

I just really loved this book! The pacing and build up is fast, but never felt rushed to me. I loved the world building, the detail, and imagery of the world Susan created. I enjoyed all the characters – she created some very interesting and diverse main and side characters. I love the push and pull of romance between Penryn and Raffe, a forbidden romance that I’m just eating up!
“He is the one pocket of warmth in a sea of ice. Being in his arms feels like the home I never had.” 
All in all, I’m so happy I stumbled upon this series. Each book just seems to get better and better, the world more diverse and deep. I loved the fast, action packed pace, the intense, dark, and scary real world and the amazing sarcastic and strong characters. I definitely recommend this series to dystopian lovers and those who love an apocalyptic angel story.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

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

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 

What are you waiting on?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Review: Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Reckoning
Series: The Sweet Trilogy, #3
Author: Wendy Higgins
Category: Paranormal/ Fantasy/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
It’s time. 

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

My Review: 

Saying goodbye to a series is one of the most painful, yet happy things to experience; a nostalgic moment. Of course, I didn’t want this series to end but I do have to say that Wendy Higgins wrapped it up nicely with a beautiful ending!
As I drifted to sleep, from a state of semi-consciousness I heard him whisper, "You're my dream. My only dream."
This one, like the others, is definitely an emotional read. I had my ups and downs. Some good and some bad. The book also played out amazing well, and of course, I just loved Wendy’s prose – she is an amazing author. The world she has created is unique in my mind. I loved the whole neph world, the demons, and all the creatures that she developed and added to her story. It had its intense moments, its sad moments, and its beautifully sweet moments. It was a perfect balance.

I also can’t write a review without talking about the characters: Anna and Kaidan. Both have grown so much since the first book and I was so happy with the end result. Each, though not perfect, really are a lot stronger and are fighting their best to protect the ones they love and the world. Anna isn’t that shy girl from the first book anymore. She’s such a tough chick now, though I can still see that old Anna charm in her. Then there is Kaidan. Still the swoon factor! But I really did see growth in him as well. He’s stronger, more determined, and not afraid to really be with Anna anymore.

They really are a wonderful couple and this book made me squee so freaking hard for the both of them.  They have some much needed moments together that just, to me, were absolutely perfect.  It made up for the first half because it did take a while for Kaidan to make an appearance.

I also can’t forget the side characters. Wendy created a wonderful cast of side characters, each one unique. I feel in love with all of them. I could even see growth in them! Even though something happens that really broke my heart, I felt that they were one of the best cast of side characters I have ever encountered.
There is going to be a reckoning here tonight, both sweet and terrible.
The book wraps up quite nicely. No loose ends and the ending, the epilogue was just so darn wonderful! All in all, Sweet Reckoning was probably the best book in the series because of a really happy moment that takes place. I thoroughly loved how the story played out, everything that took place, and how it all wrapped up! Wendy Higgins really delivered a wonderful tale and I’m so happy I was able to be a part of it.  And though it’s sad to see it end, I know I will re-read this series!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Quote of the Week: Mark Twain

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 a good book-room you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” 
― Mark Twain

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: Rush Into You (Rush, #1) by Brianna Lee

Title: Rush Into You
Series: Rush, #1
Author: Brianna Lee
Category: Contemporary/ Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 2.5/3 stars out of 5
*I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*
I had it all.

I was captain of the cheerleading squad and star of the debate team.
I was smart and popular and living the dream.

Until that night. 
That one fateful night changed everything. 

Now everyone hates me—everyone.
They stay far away. 
It’s safer. 

Drugs numb the pain, and sex pays for the drugs.
Being alive is my punishment. 

Then I meet him. 
Ryker Rosse.
Tattoos, sinful body…and his eyes. His eyes are irresistible. 
He is captivating. He treats me with respect. 
He sees me.

Ryker brings happiness into my life of regret, but I don’t know if I deserve happiness. 
Some mistakes can never be forgiven.
Or can they?

My Review: 

Rush Into You sounded like a book that was right up my alley. Raw, emotional, with a few dark twists that leave you a bit breathless and a romance just as intense, however, I just couldn’t really get into this one. Now, I’m not saying it was a bad book, it just wasn't really a book that I could get into. Though I did enjoy it to a point.

I think the aspects that throw me off really were that it just didn't have an authentic feeling to it. Parts felt a bit too perfect between the couple, cheesy, and a bit overdone. Again, this is all my personal opinion! I also couldn't get into the writing style (each reader has their own preference towards writing styles). And, sadly, the writing style of this book didn't sale me all the way. But it was still enjoyable.
The life I lived was my purgatory, and I was only alive so that I could suffer for all my sins.
The characters were definitely well rounded and nicely told. I did enjoy Gabby’s story – it’s a dark and sad one. That girl is very tough and I just loved that we are given a before and after glimpse of her.  She definitely develops through the book and though she made mistakes, she was an enjoyable character. One I did feel for.

Now, I definitely enjoyed Ryker -- and his name. The aspect of the book that probably kept me enthralled was him… and the fact that he races bikes. OKAY! I’m a big sucker for fictional boys that drive motorcycles, but ones that race them… DAMN! I’m glued to the pages. I found him to be a sweet guy, and I loved that he was always there for Gabby (and how they met).

He and Gabby did have some nice chemistry going on and I did feel it. And I liked that Ryker saved Gabby, when he first meet her and then a year later when they meet again.  I loved how Ryker  was able to show Gabby that she is worthy of love and of forgiveness.

The pacing and buildup of the story were nice. Though a bit fast paced the story did flow nicely. The transitions were a bit rough, in my opinion, but I never got lost.  I felt that the conflict wasn't as raw and intense as I was hoping and it just didn't really capture me in a whirlwind of emotions.
I needed his hands on me again to feel warm, and I needed my hands on him. I got that taste, and now I wanted more.
I did enjoy Rush Into You. It was an emotional book, with some very raw aspects to it. Though I wished I enjoyed it more, I am glad I was given the chance to read it! And I do encourage those who are curious about the book to pick it up, you just might end up loving it! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Trailer Reveal: Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

TEASE by Sophie Jordan
Book 2 of The Ivy Chronicles
On-sale 5/27/2014
What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who's too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She's always chosen her hookups carefully, and she's never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.Never fall in love.Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he's immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn't even try to take her to bed--he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she's throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she's the one panting for a guy she can't control--a guy who won't settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she's never imagined, including facing a past she thought she'd buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . . .

About the Author:
Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan is an international and New York Times bestselling author whose books include historical romances and the Firelight series. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-television shows. She lives in Houston.


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Release Day Launch: Where There's Smoke by Elizabeth Lee (GIVEAWAY + EXCERPT)

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We are thrilled to celebrate the Release Day of Elizabeth Lee's WHERE THERE'S SMOKE!!! WHERE THERE’S SMOKE is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel that you don't want to miss!  

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BUY LINKS:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

There is something to be said for letting go. Ryland Roberts knows that better than anyone. He'd let go of his ambitions, of his family and—most of all—of her. He'd perfected the art of putting his past behind him and accepted the fact that the town he wanted to leave in his rearview was the place where he was going to live out his days. But sometimes the past doesn't just go away. Sometimes it comes back to haunt you.

Piper Jameson convinced herself that she left for all the right reasons. She'd saved people by leaving—made sure that they weren't tainted by her rebellious ways. When her little sister asks her to come home and say goodbye to their ailing mother, she's forced to see that things aren't always as they seem. The people who she'd left behind might not have been saved at all. 

In the amount of time it takes a bullet to travel from point A to point B, Piper and Ryland will have to put their feelings for each other aside and make a choice. Forced on the run with Piper's sister, they begin to understand that the future they thought was gone was never really lost.


This is some quoted text.  I stretched my arm out and placed a hand on the cool concrete, the grit and dirt sticking to my palm. Such a contrast to the warmth I felt with Ryland firmly pressed up against me. The curves of my backside fit perfectly against his long, lean frame, our skin heating up the chill around us.

The fall weather had descended upon our small Midwestern town almost overnight. It seemed like only a week or two ago we had been wearing shorts and flip-flops. Now it was jeans and jackets. Well, actually, now it was nothing.

I felt my cheeks heat as I thought about what we had just done. I wasn't embarrassed. Far from it. In fact, I'd never felt more sure about anything in my entire life as I was about what had just happened with Ry.

“That was incredible,” he whispered against my neck as he traced lazy circles on my shoulder with his fingertips.

“Yeah,” I breathed, rolling onto my back to look up at him. The soft glow of an outdoor utility light crept through the open side of the airplane hangar, barely lighting up the space. “Never imagined our first time being on a blanket spread out on a cold, hard floor, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

“Me too. Let’s get on that then,” he said with a wicked grin before he pressed his lips to mine. Propping himself on one arm—his hand resting against the side of his head—he snaked his free hand under one of the flannel blankets he'd commandeered from an airplane parked beside us.

I liked this side of him. The side that wasn't perfect and calculated. The side that just did, said, and felt what he wanted. He was literally feeling his way up my body—his hands smooth and rough all at the same time—sending all of my teenage hormones spiraling out of control. We were living in the moment, which was exactly where I preferred to be.

“You know how much I love you, right?” His face became very serious, almost concerned. “I wanted tonight to be special. I thought we'd go back to my house after we looked at the planes. My parents are gone and...” He was back in his head, thinking about his meticulously thought-out evening. Doubting his ability to be perfect. He did this sometimes—overanalyzed things. “It didn't go exactly as I planned, but—”

“It was perfect,” I assured him. “Plans, schmans.” I pulled his face to mine, giggling, my lips barely grazing his. “And I love you, too.”

That was the thing about Ryland—I saw a side of him that no one else saw. I could probably say the same for him about me. Until him, I’d never felt like I was going to amount to much, but he believed in me, even when I didn't—which was most of the time. When I was with him, I didn't feel like I needed to do everything in my power to piss people off. He made me want to stay in this Godforsaken town with a family that ignored my existence. They ignored it until I did something wrong—which was about ninety percent of the time. Then my stepfather made sure to let me just how worthless I was.

“So do you feel like a rebel?” I asked. “This being your first breaking and entering and all.”

It had been his idea to sneak on to the airfield—something that was much more in my wheelhouse than his. I was the one who usually threw caution to the wind. He was the good boy. The straight-A student. The doting son.

“Oh yeah.” He laughed. “I'm a regular badass. Nothing like walking through an open gate to an abandoned shed.” He cast his arm out sarcastically in the vacant space above our heads. Nothing but sheet metal and wooden beams. A handful of airplanes were parked around us with a smattering of fuel cans, tools, and parachutes hanging from the walls. “I'm not sure we actually broke into anything. More like casually strolled in.”

We lived in a town where people left their front doors unlocked. The kind of town where everyone knew everyone and all of their business. Truitville. It was a place with a minimal crime rate. I think that night, that's what we’d both thought: What's the worst that could happen?

“So what's next then, Clyde? Wanna rob a bank?”

About Elizabeth Lee: 

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When I'm not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand. Here's the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination! Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!


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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Review: Breakable (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber

Title: Breakable
Series: Contours of the Heart, #2
Author: Tammara Webber
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New  Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

My Review: 

There are books that are must reads, ones that everyone should at least give a chance, ones that just kind of shake you to your core and leave with you an unbreakable feeling of wow. And, to me, Breakable is one of those books.  It kind of shook me to my core and left me with a feeling of "wow, this book was amazing." 
I saw her the moment she entered, taking her place at the back of my line. She was an invisible fore, dragging at something equally hidden inside of me. I wondered at the magnetic field we'd managed to create between us, and whether she'd feel the pull of it as she moved nearer. Maybe it was just me who felt it. 
Breakable also gave a wonderful insight to the pretty remarkable character Lucas.  I have to say I have never encountered a character like him and being inside his head was a splendid experience. He really is a diverse character with a complex depth to him.  Seeing his story, through his eyes and his intricate and beautiful thoughts, really gave a great insight to just who Lucas is. And of course seeing his past was both heartbreaking and amazing. Watching him develop, overcome, and grow was just so fun of an experience and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it.

I loved how Tammara gave us flash backs of Lucas’s past; I felt she handle those so well. She also gave them at the perfect parts of the book and gave us the perfect glimpses of Lucas’s past to give us more depth of him.  I enjoyed seeing just exactly what he experienced, how he saw them, felt, and how he handled everything that happened. Like I said before, that really gave so much of just who Lucas is.

I adore his character, definitely a lot more than I did in the first book, which I didn't think was possible. Watching him grow and how he saw Jacqueline, why he was so draw to her, was just so wonderful to see. He really is an intense, deep, and very heart felt guy. And that came through so much in the book. 
I wanted to kiss her forever.
I felt the pacing, like the flash backs, were done very well. I enjoyed the buildup of the plot, and though I knew what was going to happen, it all felt very fresh and new! I also love, just love, Tammara’s writing style. Her prose for the story, the flow, the development, and the characters she created were so well done. I was instantly swept away and I couldn't put this book down once I started! 

I definitely suggest that lovers of Easy pick this one up, and if you haven’t read it, please give it a try! Both books are amazing, beautifully told, and deliver a powerful love story that echoes throughout you, and one I adore to pieces. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Quote of the Week: Francis Bacon

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:

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” 
― Francis Bacon

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

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

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Putnam Books for Young Readers

What are you waiting on?