Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Review: Stay With Me by J. Lynn

Stay with Me (Wait for You, #3)
Title: Stay with Me
Series: Wait for You, #3
Author: J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom. 


My Review

So, lately I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut. But I’ve come to realize no matter what reading funk I am in, a JLA books always pulls me out of it or captures my attention! Though it did take me a bit longer to read the book than normal, I enjoyed Stay with Me so much! This series is one I just love, and I think that this one is probably my favorite or really close to being my favorite out of the entire series.
“Stick with me, babe, and I'll change your life.” 
Of course I loved this world that Jennifer has created. It feels real and though it has been used a bit (the college life) this one was different from the others and fresh in quite a few perspectives.  Her writing style is, as always, witty, humorous, and very captivating. Her detail to not only her characters but her world is real and fascinating. And her characters are always so unique, each one truly real. 

Calla was such a strong character; one I felt really came through in the story. She has quite a dark past, and visible scars of that past, but what I loved about her was her strength to move forward. Though she is a bit stubborn, and that did come through quite a bit, she didn’t really come off as annoying or incompetent, stupid or irritating.  I loved seeing and watching her develop, watching her finally open up and be honest with herself and others. That was very strong of her and brave.

Then we have Jackson James, Jax for short. Of course I fall for this guy! I mean he is a creation by JLA so you cannot not fall in love with him. Dark, alluring and confident, I instantly was drawn to him. What I loved so much was that Jax is a strong, real, and determined character.  But, like Calla, Jax also had a few scares of his past. Watching him reveal them and open up to Calla was another aspect I so enjoyed.  I loved how he pushed Calla, how he challenged her in ways she needed to be pushed and challenged.
“You with me?”
Remembering him saying that before, I nodded and whispered, “Yes.”
He kissed me again. “Then stay with me.” 
The story developed at a pace I very much enjoyed. And though there were a few things I did see coming, I loved how they were presented and how they still shocked me. The flow and movement of the story also felt natural, the development between Calla and Jax real. Each developed and growth throughout the story fascinating and it was so much fun watching their transitions.

The book did have its intense moments,  it did break my heart at parts, and did leave me a big ball of emotions at times as well. But I enjoyed that so much! All in all, another wonderful story in the Wait for You series.







Monday, December 29, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 12/29/14


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:

Wicked (A Wicked Saga, #1)
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

What are you reading??




Friday, December 26, 2014

Quote of the Week: J.K. Rowling


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:


“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Hagrid)

Been a bit busy as of late and trying to take a break from things as well. Hoping by the new year I'll be back into blogging and reading as I was before! Sorry I've been MIA so much! I'll be back commenting and reviewing as soon as I can! *hugs*

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 12/22/14


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:

Caged in Winter (Caged In Winter, #1)
In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…...
 
Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…...
 
Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.
 
But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want….

Realized I haven't done a It's Monday post in so long! Also can't wait to start this one! 


What are you reading??


Friday, December 19, 2014

Quote of the Week: Marjory Stoneman Douglas


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:

freedom
“I believe that life should be lived so vividly and so intensely that thoughts of another life, or of a longer life, are not necessary.” 
― Marjory Stoneman Douglas



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blog Tour: 25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Jackson Deveaux (Character Profile +Excerpt + Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop on the 25 Days of Book Boyfriends Blog Tour hosted by Teresa of Readers Live A Thousand Lives, Jessica of Lovin Los Libros, and Chelsea of Starbucks & Books Obsession

I am very pleased to introduce you all to my book boyfriend: Jackson Deveaux!
The only guy I have eyes for in The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole.

Full tour schedule here.


#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

My Review

 

poison princess - the arcana chronicles

Character Profile:


Jackson Deveaux
  • Over six feet tall
  • Nineteen years old, but appears older
  • Always wears his scuffed boots, worn jeans, and usually a black T-shirt that stretches tight over his chest.
  • Unruly jet-black hair
  • Deeply tanned, lantern jaw, and strong chin
  • Eyes a vivid, startling gray
  • Speaks Cajun French
  • Enjoys reading
  • Drives a Ducati
  • Bad boy, rough around the edges, but once you break through that tough exterior he is a wonderful, caring guy. 
  • Perceptive, cunning, and a problem solver


Excerpt
He shook his head hard. "Non. Got something I need to say, me."                                 
I'd never seen him this brooding. "Go on, I'm listening."                                               
"When you got captured, I didn't know..." He trailed off. "If it'd be like..."                   
"Oh, Jackson, no. I was okay. I'm unharmed."                                                               
"Didn't know if I'd get there too late," he said with a shudder. Then he crossed over to me, until we stood toe-to-toe. "Evie, if you ever get taken from me again, you better know that I'll be coming for you." He cupped my face with a bloodstained hand. "So you stay the hell alive! You doan do like Clotile, you doan take that way out. You and me can get through anything, just give me a chance" -his voice broke lower- "just give me a change to get to you." He buried his face in my hair, inhaling deeply. "There is nothing that can happen to you that we can't get past."                                                                                                   
I couldn't stop myself from asking, "When you say we...?"                                            
He pulled back, gazing down at me, his eyes blazing. "I'm goan to lay it all out there for you. Laugh in my face - I doan care. But I'm goan to get this off my chest."                                                                                                                                   
"I won't laugh. I'm listening."                                                                                          
 "Evie, I've wanted you from the first time I saw you. Even when you hated me, I wanted you." He raked his fingers through his hair. "I got it bad, me."
Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole


 
About the Author:
Kresley Cole
Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. 
Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” You can learn more about Kresley at www.kresleycole.com
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Mylena Chronicles by Chloe Jacobs

Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles #1)
Release Date: 12/11/12
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

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

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



Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles #2)
Release Date: February 2015
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
The sequel to the Hansel & Gretel retelling Greta and the Goblin King ups the stakes of danger and romance. As conflict surges across Mylena, the tough Greta struggles to save those she loves.

Against all odds, Greta and the Goblin King miraculously survived the battle against the evil Agramon. Greta should be happy to be alive and ready to claim her place in Mylena by Isaac's side. Yet nothing is the way she thought it would be. The battle against Agramon left a dark magick inside Greta that will eventually kill her. Isaac hasn't been the same since he almost went Lost. And there are whispers of a rebellion brewing throughout Mylena...

Determined to save Mylena from a bitter civil war, they travel to the mysterious Glass Kingdom to form an uneasy alliance with the deadly Faerie race. But when an unexpected disaster tears Greta and Isaac apart, she must make the journey on her own. Along the way, she discovers a conspiracy stretching back to events she never thought she would have to revisit, betrayal from allies whose loyalty she never questioned, and an enemy vying to control all of Mylena.

Follow Greta into unexpected romance, explosive secrets, and shocking betrayals that will leave her and all of Mylena forever changed in the stunning second installment of The Mylena Chronicles.



Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.

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