Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Lunar Chronicles Series , #3 
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

*This is the third book in the series so this review may contain spoilers from the first and second book, but is spoiler free for this book. The synopsis contains spoilers from the previous books in the series. Continue at your own risk.

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13206828-cress?ac=1

My Thoughts

This series just gets better and better! I loved this installment and it has me dying for more!!! When I saw that the third book would be Rapunzel I was beyond excited to read it. What I love the most is that we get new fairy tale characters, but still get all of the previous ones as well. Each book just adds more awesome to the story, which also ups the intensity and more world building! The stories all intertwine fabulously and I love the direction it's heading. I will try to continue this review without totally fan girling all over the place.

 Cress is the newest addition to this fantastic series, and this book focuses a lot on her. Instead of being trapped in a tower though, she is trapped in a satellite. She is a shell and is useless to the Lunar Queen, Levana. She does have a particular skill that is handy though. The ability to hack computers and help hide the ships of the Lunars going to Earth is just one of the things she is forced to do. She is also supposed to be tracking Cinder, which she is, but she will not tell them she has found her. She manages to get rescued, but things don't go as planned. She learns a lot in the short time that she has had freedom, some of it very crushing. I loved Cress. She was very smart, a little naive, but totally bad@$$. She always thought of herself as a damsel in distress, but she is very capable of holding her own. She is not afraid to fight back, or fight for what is right.

We still have the rest of the cast that we have grown to love in the previous two books, and they just get better and better too. The relationships and alliance they form with one another is great. There is doubt and trust issues of course, but it makes it more believable to me. Things don't ever go easy or as planned and it makes for some strained interactions and some scenes that are quite entertaining.

The romances are wonderful too. Yes, I say romances because now that we have added more characters, and still have the old ones there are more than one. Cress is very taken with Thorne, and although he is arrogant and a bit off-putting, he obviously has feelings for her too. I enjoyed seeing them interact with each other and thought that they were very sweet. Then there is the thoughts of Kai that Cinder has. She tries to deny her feelings for him, but of course they are there. He has them as well, but doubts them since he doesn't really know anything about her. Wolfe and Scarlet is another romance that is floating on yes or no, but it's very real. The best thing about all of them though, is they don't overshadow the main story. They are present, but what is important always comes first.

The world building in this series is amazing. There is so much going on in so many different places, but the author always makes sure to paint a clear picture for the readers. It's so easy to get drawn into the story and totally lost in the world. It's full of action, tension, adventure, violence, and awesomeness!! It's a book that even at 500+ pages, is easy to fly through. Almost impossible to put down, and leaving you needing more, this was one heck of a ride. I am practically desperate for the next book and will be counting down the many, many days until I can read it! If you are a fan of this series and haven't pre-ordered this book yet, you need to ASAP!! I have and can't wait for my copy to arrive in all its gorgeousness!!!





*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review: A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers

  • Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

This book is a stand-alone A LITTLE TOO FAR novel.

"Every page is deliciously breathtaking, wickedly sexy and sensational. A LITTLE TOO HOT is wonderfully unique and a LOT HOT! I am a HUGE Lisa Desrochers fan." --KATY EVANS, New York Times bestselling author of REAL

If you play with fire…

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

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

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18053117-a-little-too-hot

My Thoughts

Hot, dangerous, sexy, and awesome!! Those are a few of the words to describe this book. The characters were fantastic, the story was interesting, and the chemistry was off the charts!! This was more like a mystery/thriller than a typical NA book and I thought that made it really great! I really liked getting sucked into the story and wondering when and if they would finally get to the bottom of things.With hidden crimes and danger lurking around every corner, it kept me turning pages frantically until the end!

Sam was a character who annoyed me at times with all of her self loathing, but she was also really great. She had always had things easy until recently so I can see why things were so hard for her. She is not the most responsible person, and doesn't really want to take responsibility for her actions. She is easy to blame others around her for everything and it takes her a while to see that maybe it's not really their fault. She is insanely attracted to Harrison and they have some massive chemistry, but there are things that keep them from giving into their obvious desires.

Harrison was swoon worthy, but I also had my reservations. He does have a secret, but we don't discover how deep his past is for a while. Yes, we discover his secret early on, but not everything about him. Discovering the real him was fantastic! Even while deceiving, he was still someone who I liked. I understood his reasons, and why he did what he did. I really liked the emotional ride that it caused in both him and others around him too.

The romance was of course hot!! Even just slight brushes of the skin or close contact was enough to boil water!! It made me just want them to take it further. I wanted to know how much more explosive their heat could be. Man, that makes me sound like such a perv, but really, it was that great! They were so attracted to each other, but also kept pushing the other away. In the situation, they really had to so it made it that much more sizzling. It was like you could cut the tension in the air. Sexual and emotional.

This was a quick read, and the instant lust was there, but the real romance and feelings were a growing thing. The book spans over a pretty good period of time to make the feelings that they have believable. Especially with how things happen. There is an urgency to everything, and always something else making things even more threatening. I did figure mostly everything out ahead of the reveals, but I thought it was done amazingly well with the mystery and thrill of things. Being a huge fan of NA books and thrillers, this was a perfect combination that set it apart from so many other NA books out there. Lisa Desrochers is quickly becoming a must read, must buy author for me!!


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Source: eARC Provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13645645-uninvited

My Thoughts

A dystopian that is refreshing from the hordes of them out there! I was a bit nervous going into this since I haven't had the best of luck with this genre lately, but luckily this one stood out among them. I loved the idea of people having the "Kill Gene" and being isolated from the rest of civilization. People who have been seen as normal amongst others until they are found to have HTS and now are all of the sudden seen as dangerous. They are not allowed to exist normally among others anymore. Now Davy's world is totally turned upside down. This book has a lot of violence, a lot of disturbing situations, and suspense to keep you engrossed until the end.

Davy has grown up having a pretty good life. Her family is rich and she is really smart. Her boyfriend is the most desired boy in the school, and she has a fantastic best friend. That is, until she is found to have HTS. All of her dreams come tumbling down. She irritated me thinking that she was so different from all the others, that there must have been a mistake. It takes her too long to realize that maybe she's not different from the others with HTS, but that they are wrongly judged. Maybe not all of them are bad like she has always thought. Tossed into a different world with other HTS carriers, she needs to learn how to survive this new life. She does find some allies that she feels she can trust, but she is still terrified of most of the other carriers around her. She really grows as the story goes on and I loved how brave she became. She knows that she can't be weak and scared anymore and she will do what she has to in order to survive.

I really enjoyed Sean. He seems so scary and intimidating, but I could always see the gentle and caring person underneath. He terrifies others around him, but he mostly keeps to himself. He also protects those around him when he can. As we get to see more of him and uncover parts of his past, it just makes him that much more likeable. He is a very guarded and mysterious character, but he is able to let Davy in. We see the fear that he has in him, when outwardly he seems like such a dangerous person. I couldn't get enough of him and want to know more!

Like a lot of others, I do wish that there had been more of what was happening outside Davy and where she is. I did like the little news type snippets, but it wasn't enough for me. We see how things are getting worse on the outside, and how the government is cracking down on the HTS carriers, but we don't know the actual situations of outside. I loved reading this in Davy's POV, but I really felt like a lot was missing for me. That being said, I thought that this was incredibly good. The whole idea of it all and how the people are treated who have HTS. This was a truly fantastic addition to the dystopians out there and I am looking forward to more of this series!!





*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (83)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

How was everyone's week? It was another fantastic book week for me! We got yet another snowstorm here though. I have to say, I am officially sick of winter this year. It's been brutally cold, and a storm pretty much every week. (Or few days.) Anyways, onto the stuff you care about! The books!!! I never did get to vlogging this week because hubs was around and I can't film with him here watching lol!! I was far too lazy to post the book covers at that point.

Books Mentioned

Review
Bought/Kindle Freebie
Borrowed from Library
Thank you to Macmillan, Entangled Publishing, HaperTeen, and Edelweiss for the great books I got this week!!

I sucked at posting this week so I only had two reviews go up. See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne as part of the blog tour and Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I also helped with the Cover Reveal for Losing Logan by Sherry Ficklin.

Hope all of you had a great week! I would love to see what goodies you added to your shelves. I know I have been a horrible commenter lately, but I am trying to get back to a good routine. :)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray (HarperTeen)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

 Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15839984-cruel-beauty

My Thoughts

Oh how awesome to get caught up in a fabulous fantasy book with romance, mystery, intrigue, and darkness!! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales of all time, so I jumped at the chance to read this retelling. It did not disappoint.This was a very dark and disturbing type of retelling, but it was so good!! I loved this take on one of my favorite tales and thought that the writing and world building were fantastic!

Nyx was a character that took some time to grow on me. She was always really tough and doesn't take crap from anyone, even The Gentle Lord. She was very full of hate for the majority of the book, but I understood where it was coming from. The thing is, most of her hate came from her capacity to love. She was always destined to fulfill the role of trying to destroy the Gentle Lord, who is the beast of the story. She has been trained her entire life on how to be a good bride, what to do to please him, and ultimately destroy him. She has always known that she is going to be a sacrifice in order to not only save her family, but to save her entire kingdom. That's a lot for a person to carry. She hates her father for doing this to her, and she hates her sister because she has lied to try to protect her. Her sister was always the favorite. The special one. The one who would live on after Nyx would surely die. What Nyx doesn't expect is to start falling for The Gentle Lord. The man who is supposed to be her enemy. She finds that there is much more to things than she could have imagined. She not only learns to love, but to let go of her hate. She really grows tremendously through the book and I loved that!

Ignifex was quite the character. I really, really enjoyed him. He was sarcastic and fun. He knows pretty much all of the tricks in the book when it comes to trying to kill him. He is entertained by Nyx, and she throws some surprises his way. He is not evil though. Yes, he does some really horrible things, but it was clear to me that he wasn't a bad guy... or demon thing or whatever. He does what he has to, but he is not really a bad guy in my mind. He is as trapped in the palace as Nyx is. Well maybe not as much, but still. He never pushes her to do things she doesn't want, and he in no way makes her feel imprisoned. He does need to give her some slight punishments, but she is very tough to deal with. It was great getting to know him and how much he really had going on in that head of his. He was very complex and it was a joy to see him unfolding.

The romance was different than I expected, with a bit of a love triangle thrown in, but not one that was annoying. In fact, it was done really well. I wish I had felt a little more of the emotion in it all, but overall it was something that I really enjoyed. The romance between Ignifex and Nyx was very fun. It took a while to get there which was good, but even when they finally have romance budding, they still have that love hate thing going on. That was a fun touch. It was both sweet and aggravating, but it was great!

I loved the fantasy of this story. The vividness of the writing was incredible. I see all the details in my head. The beauty and the disturbing things were all so well detailed. It's hard to really make me feel like I can see the world in books, but this one accomplished it very easily. The characters were really done well too, though I did feel like a lot of the emotional impact I would have loved was lacking. In general this was absolutely fantastic and I am so happy that I got to read it. I will be sure to pick up future books from this author!! She has amazing writing skills and I was totally lost in this story and world!!






*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blog Tour: See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne - Review and Guest post

Hello everyone!! Today on the blog I am taking part in the Blog Tour for See Jane Run organized by Sourcebooks Fire. I have my review and a fun guest post!

  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review/tour
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety...but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.

The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O'Leary.

Praise for Truly, Madly, Deadly

"A fast-paced thriller."--Kirkus Reviews

"What a ride! Full of twists and turns -- including an ending you won't see coming!"--April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17586462-see-jane-run?ac=1

My Thoughts

I'm always up for a good mystery/thriller so this sounded like just the book for me. While I did enjoy it, I didn't totally love it. The story was interesting, and I liked how it tackled metal illness without solely focusing on it. The characters just didn't quite work for me the way I wanted though. This had plenty of thrill and excitement though, which was able to keep me interested and turning the pages. Also, I just have to add that the synopsis is very deceiving. She actually finds the birth certificate before getting a postcard declaring that someone knows who she is.

Riley was one of those characters that really just annoyed the crap out of me. I tried to believe that her paranoia was just part of whatever caused her to have panic attacks, but I just couldn't get over how easily she believed that maybe she was kidnapped or that her parents could do something that horrible.  Yes, they are super overly protective of her, but I wouldn't think that would make someone automatically think the worst. She also is too quick to give into her best friend Shelby's suggestions about anything. Beyond that, she's reckless and kind of stupid. I get that she wants to find out the truth that she's seeking, but I wanted to smack her and be like, "Dude! Smarten up a little bit!!" Maybe I am too far removed from being a teenager now, and I would have made rash decisions too, but I don't think to the extreme that she does.

Of course, along with the mystery and dangerous situations, there is a bit of a romance. Shocker right?! The good thing about it was that it never really took over the story. It seemed a bit too convenient at times, but I really liked JD and wanted to know more about what he was hiding and who he really is. It's obvious that he has been misjudged and isn't really a bad guy or trouble maker that he seems to be. I thought that he was a great addition to the story and made me a little less irritated at the other characters like Shelby, Riley, and Riley's parents.

This was a thrilling mystery, but being the sleuth that I am, I was able to tie it all together rather quickly. It didn't take away from the enjoyment of it for me though. I thought that the fast pace was great, and was able to pull me through the book quite fast. Full of danger, mystery, and a touch of romance. This was a great YA thriller that will be sure to please many. 




*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.



Now for a guest post from the author!

Top Five Favorite Thriller Books or Movies 
 
Even before I started writing thrillers, I was passionate about them! I love creepy books, scary movies, and basically anything that sends chills down my spine!
 
1.     Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
2.     I Know What You Did Last Summer (the book!) by Lois Duncan
3.     Chain Letter by Christopher Pike
4.     Scream (the first film) – I’m a total sucker for scary movies!
5.     Halloween (the first, original with Jami Lee Curtis in those crazy, high-waisted pants)

Cover Reveal: Losing Logan by Sherry Ficklin

Hello loves!! I have a wonderful cover reveal for you today! Losing Logan by Sherry Ficklin!


Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin
Publication Date: May 6th 2014
Genres: YA, Romance, Suspense, Paranormal

Synopsis

Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem.

Mostly because he’s dead.

As the only person he can make contact with, he convinces Zoe to help him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.

Losing_Logan_Ebook

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20493019-losing-logan?ac=1


 
About the Author:


Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.
She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2015 with a second book in that series to follow. Her newest YA steampunk novel, EXTRACTED: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is due for release in 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing.



Sunday, January 19, 2014

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (82)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Wow, it's been three weeks since I have done a book haul post. I have quite a large one now since I was such a procrastinator. I didn't have a chance to do the vlog for this, so it's a pretty lame post. Sorry. 

Book Mentioned

Review
Bought/Kindle Freebie
A big thank you to HarperTeen, Edelweiss, Scholastic, Macmillan, Netgalley,Bloomsbury, and Spencer Hill Press. These books all sound super awesome and I am looking forward to reading them!

I am not doing the weekly recap since this post is ridiculous already. I will be back on track for next week though. Leave me your link and I will try to get to your post before the playoff games!! GO PATRIOTS!!!  If not, I actually have Monday off so I will get to them then!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Book Girls Don't Cry - To Lend or Not To Lend


Hey everyone!! So we decided to do a Book Girls post this week. The topic is book lending. Do you lend? Do you only lend to certain people? Well, you will find out my lending ways below. Also, don't forget to check out the other Book Girls posts, which will both be on Xpresso Reads for now on since Jenni and Giselle have partnered up!! 

I'm not quite sure how to format this post, so I am just going to go for it and type out my thoughts as I go. I am a bit picky when it comes to lending. I have had bad experiences in the past, so I get all twitchy when lending now. I have about a gazillion rules when it comes to borrowing a book from me. In fact, I would rather send a book to a blogger friend to borrow than to lend to most people I know in real life. I know that they will take care of it and baby it the way I do. I actually lended a friend two audiobooks that I hadn't even listened to yet, and never got them back. Me and the said friend aren't friends anymore, but I had asked for my books back, and she said they were in the mail.... That was like 2 months ago and she lives a town over from me, so I call bullshit on that, but anyways.

Lending rules

Do not crease the binding. I am one of those people who opens the book just enough so I can read comfortably without actually bending the spine at all. I like my books pretty. 

Use a bookmark. I actually lend books with a bookmark in them so there is no excuse to not use it. Dogear my pages and I will turn into the Incredible Hulk and Hulk Smash you. Really... I'm not kidding. 

If you are wearing nail polish, be careful while turning pages. I hate those little colored smears all over the place!! As you all probably know, I am pretty into having colorful, bright, fun nails, but I prefer the polish on my nails, not my book pages. 

Please return in a timely manner. I realize that if the person is a casual reader, they probably take at least a week or more to read a book. That doesn't mean that I want my book missing from my collection for six months. 

Return the book in the same condition I lent it in. I hate it when I get a book back that looks like it was a library book for five years. Wrinkled, creased, unknown substances on them... not cool at all. 

I have many more rules, but I will stop at those. In fact, there are only about three people in real life that I will actually lend my books to because they care for my books like they are my babies. I suppose this isn't the best post in the world, but I don't have much to say on the topic I guess. I'm kind of spastic about lending. So what are your thoughts?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Blog Tour: Love Your Entity by Cat Devon

  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Source: ARC Provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

SOMETIMES LOVE IS A MATTER

Sierra Brennan can inherit her great-uncle’s historic Chicago townhouse under one condition: She must live there for thirty consecutive days. What could possibly go wrong? As a writer and a ghost whisperer, Sierra has a vast imagination and a brave spirit. But not even she is prepared for the gorgeous—and naked—vampire who greets her at the door.



OF LIFE AND UN-DEATH

Ronan McCoy has spent the past century waiting to come home…to this house. The presence of the beautiful, brazen Sierra is one complication he doesn’t expect. The other is Hal, a dangerous ghost and original member of Al Capone’s gang who’s dead-set on revenge. What is a formerly indentured vampire supposed to do to get a moment’s peace? All he knows for sure is that he must protect Sierra from Hal. But once he has her in his arms, can he ever let her go? Life—and love—is becoming stranger than fiction for Sierra…and more delicious than she and Ronan could have ever imagined... in Love Your Entity.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17619014-love-your-entity?ac=1

My Thoughts

This is part of a series, but it's more of a companion novel so you don't need to read the previous books to enjoy this. I had actually never heard of this series before I got an email saying this book was headed my way, but I am happy to say that I liked it. I am actually now going to go back and read the previous books and novella when I get a chance. It's a mix of humor, action, sexiness, and danger. I really enjoyed it.

Sierra has inherited a house from her great uncle and the only stipulation is that she needs to reside in the house for 30 days in order to actually have it become hers. None of the people before her have been able to accomplish it, but being someone who can see and communicate with ghosts, and an author who writes paranormal novels, she doesn't scare easy. I liked her fiesty personality. She is tough and doesn't take crap from anybody, living or dead. It's not like she's totally fearless, but she is pretty freaking close. She is also a very determined woman. She refuses to give in easy to the complications that arise. Though, when things get a bit out of control, she is willing to run, but with the help and guidance of others around her, she decides to stay and do what she needs to do. She is also not easily willing to believe in other supernatural beings such as vampires, witches, and demons. Until she is faced with them and has to believe. I really liked her. She is very guarded, but that's due to her past, and it makes her who she is.

Ronan was really fun and infuriating. He also happens to be a super sexy vampire who was naked when Sierra arrived at the house. He claims that the house is his. His family owned it long before hers did and he says that vampire law makes it his. He is also on a mission from his master in order to keep his freedom. He has to hide this fact since he was indentured to his master for almost 100 years. He knows that if the town knew that he wasn't totally free he wouldn't be allowed to be part of them. His one goal is to save his sister no matter the cost. He is one stubborn guy, but also charming and hilarious at times. He is also very caring and we see that softer, gentler side of him quite often.

The romance was really good. There was obviously instant attraction, but both Ronan and Sierra are ridiculously stubborn and they really butt heads for a while. They have a very hot and cold thing going on at first, but slowly begin to give into their growing feelings. Even when they do start to give in, they still don't jump into being with each other though. There is far too much other things going on with angry ghosts, deceiving vampires, and just danger in general. Ronan is very protective of Sierra. It's very sweet actually, even when he is acting like a jerk. It's all for a reason.

The town is cleverly dubbed Vamp Town since pretty much everyone in the town is a vampire. You have to have permission to be there and their identity is supposed to be kept hidden. The last thing they want in the town is trouble, and they are sure to get it with a vampire master and angry demons and ghosts all out for revenge or power. There is plenty of action in this to keep you turning the pages. The chemistry between the characters is great, and the secondary characters were all really awesome to get to know. I can't wait to go back and read about them in the other books in this series! A fantastic romance, danger and mystery, and an overall fun read. I recommend this to lovers of paranormal romance.





*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

This review is part of the blog tour for this book, organized by St. Martins Press.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Review: Where You'll Find Me by Erin Fletcher

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N

When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods (vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn't happen) are more traditional, but who is she to judge?

Nate doesn't tell her why he's in her garage, and she doesn't tell him what she's running from. Soon, Hanley's trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate's recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn't sure which is worse: that she's harboring a fugitive, or that she's in love with one.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19404327-where-you-ll-find-me?ac=1

My Thoughts

When I first read the synopsis, I was a bit curious as to how someone could just let some random stranger live in their garage. Once I started reading, I kind of understood. Not completely, but enough that it wasn't super far fetched. I know that I wouldn't be able to do that, but that's besides the point. I can see why Hanley does. This was a slow book, but it was good. I thought the romance was a bit insta-lovey, but not totally unbelievable. Above all it was a great story about kindness, helping people, and seeing past what is on the outside.

Hanley is not a typical girl. She is self destructive, lost and lonely, and needs to lose herself to get through each day. She sees something in Nate and feels like she needs to help him.Not at first though. Like normal person, she is a bit freaked out by some stranger in her garage. She soon learns that he is not a threat, though she doesn't quite believe he might not be dangerous. By chance, and super cold temperatures, she feels guilty and finds him to tell him that if he needs somewhere to stay he can come back. That shows the compassion that she has. Soon she starts to really enjoy his company. He sees the real her, not the girl who she pretends to be for everyone else. She wants to know him and what he is running from. I did think at times she was a bit dumb, but I could see why she did the things that she did. She is a character that I really respected, and though was pretty realistic.

Nate is a mystery for a while. He seems like a regular guy and not someone who would be seen as dangerous. He is really nice, he helps Hanley when she needs it, and he never pushes. When she tells him to leave, he does. He's respectful and polite, and seems like he has his head on straight, but just had something happen that he needed to escape from. As we get to know him more, his story was a bit more obvious, but I really liked him more and more as the book went on. Like Hanley, I felt horrible for what he was going through and wanted to help him. He is a strong person who didn't know what to do. He not only needed shelter, he needed someone to trust him and believe in him.

The romance was quick, but it wasn't unrealistic. Hanley is someone totally different on the outside than she is inside. She hasn't been the real Hanley for years. Nate is the only one who she lets see who she is. Who she hides from everyone else. They find that they both have something in common. They are both running from their past. His recently, and hers for years. They need someone to just be there for them and care. They find that in each other. I do love that Hanley doesn't give up on him, and it even gives her the courage to just be her. They really do need each other. I do think that the love part came a bit too quickly, but I could almost feel the way the felt for each other leaping off of the pages.

This was a book that I was a bit nervous going into. I was afraid that it would be so beyond reality that it would come across as cheesy to me. I am so glad that wasn't the case. I loved the characters, and how they grew throughout the book. Not just Hanley and Nate, but the secondary characters too. I didn't particularly care for Hanley's parents much, but I suppose they had a lot to deal with. Hanley wasn't the easiest person to handle. The ending was too tidy for me, but that's just a minor thing. This book is a fast read that I think that contemporary lovers will enjoy.


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Review: Avalon by Mindee Arnett

  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they're damn good at it. Jeth doesn't care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents' ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he'll go to get the freedom he's wanted for so long.

Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon's cult hit show Firefly.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17149396-avalon?ac=1

My Thoughts

Wow, I have been reading a lot of space type novels lately. This one sounded really exciting and cool so I had to read it. I did like it, but something about it just didn't quite sit well with me. Maybe it was the way that it read while in Jeth's head. I think that it seemed more like "telling" rather than "showing" how he felt or was acting. There was also a lot of inner dialogue that just sometimes started to take away from the flow of the story for me. Besides that, I thought that the plot and the characters were great. It was very fast paced and stuff seemed to always be happening to keep my interest. There is a slight bit of romance, but it doesn't take over the story or seem out of place since it's just barely there.

Jeth is the leader of his group of mercenaries that do missions for their boss, The Hammer. He is a tough kid, but he is pretty messed up from the death of his parents, and losing their ship to his boss, thanks to his uncle. His mission in life is to do enough jobs to make the money he needs to buy his ship back. I thought it kind of stupid that a person as smart as him wouldn't think about the fact that his boss probably won't let him go even if he can buy the ship back. He has a bit of a one track mind when it comes to that though, so I let it slide. He also does really care about his crew, so he's got a soft side to him. It doesn't come out often, but it's definitely there. When he discovers some secrets that have been hidden from him, he has a hard time knowing who to trust, and it does get him in deeper than he could have imagined. I thought that his character was developed well, but I didn't like being in his head much.

The other characters were really great too. We get to learn about them through Jeth's head, but we do learn enough to feel like we get to know them. They all have their own pasts that aren't so wonderful, and we get a little bit of the history of each of them. It really helped to make me feel like I could be part of the story. I love it when secondary characters are important to the story too, and they don't seem like they are just there in the background.

This is a fast-paced book that kept my attention with where the story was going. Being the character driven reader that I am, I did struggle a little with it since I wasn't really feeling being in Jeth's mind. I'm not typically a fan of third person point of view, but I think that it would have worked better for me for this particular book. There is a lot going on, and there are a lot of characters, so I think that having more of a broad spectrum would have really had me sucked in. I like to feel like I am really sucked into a book, not like I'm just reading words on a page. I also wish that we had gotten more detail on the settings. The plot was really great though, and I am curious to see where the next book will lead.


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: Salt by Danielle Ellison

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Source: eARC Provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find "her" demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17250657-salt


My Thoughts

I am always up for a good witch book, add in some demons, and elite demon hunting... sounded awesome!! Well, though I did enjoy it, it wasn't quite as fabulous as I wanted it to be. It was very predictable and the whole hot and cold thing with Penelope and Carter started to get old. I did like the story though. I just wished it had moved along better. I found myself getting bored of Penelope constantly thinking about wanting to kiss Cater, but being mad at him, or needing to focus on her mission. I mean, it was obvious that she should just get a little hot and heavy with him since it was all she thought about anyways. Moving on though, I thought that her trying to figure out the mystery of everything was pretty fun. I saw things coming from a mile away, but it doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy seeing them figure things out.

Penelope tragically lost her magic when her parents died. A demon stole her essence, which should have killed her, but didn't. She can still use magic, but only if she pulls it from a family member. Or from Carter as she learns. She has a very sassy attitude that is really entertaining most of the time. I liked that she was tough and even without magic she mostly can take care of herself. She comes across a bit as a damsel in distress since someone is always coming to her rescue, but she fights like crazy to try to save herself from bad situations until she inevitably has someone who she can pull magic comes to the rescue. Outwardly she seems like she is perfectly happy, but her secret that she has no magic really takes a toll on her. She is different, and that puts her whole family in danger. If anyone else knew she would be taken away. I think she handles it pretty well. Plus, she has some pretty motivated goals to get her magic back.

Carter is the type that is both charming and frustrating. He is also a bit of a stalker. I can understand that he wants answers though, so I let it slide. He has his own secrets too, and a mission that is just as dangerous, if not more, than Penelope's. The thing that I loved about him was that he really just wants to be seen for who he is, kind of like Penelope does. They are very similar in that way. He also really cares about her and will do anything to protect her or help her. There is much more to him than just good looks, and superior Enforcer skills.

That brings me to the romance. Can you say Insta-love? Yes, it totally is. I knew it was going to be. I pretty much figured that out right from when they met. I think I am getting a bit desensitized to it now though since it seems to occur more often than not. It was a short book, so they had to fall in love quick, right? Anyways, their little romance was a bit annoying with the whole almost get together, then fight, then almost get together, then Penelope wants nothing to do with him. (And everything to do with him at the same time.) It's more circumstance than anything that keeps throwing them together and making them decide that they are in fact going to fall in love. Okay, so maybe that's a bit harsh, but that was how it seemed to me. It wasn't natural or believable in my eyes. I found it to be more lust than anything. And the fact that they need each other for their magical purposes.

So now that I have made this sound a little negative without meaning to, I did enjoy it. I thought it was a bit cheesy, but cute. Predictable, but still entertaining. I liked some of the side characters, and I thought the story was interesting even though I knew where it was going. I liked how the demons and the witches were done and how the history of everything came out. I do wish that there had been a little more background in the end, but overall it was a good book and I think that there will be a lot of people who enjoy it.

 
 *An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Book Blitz: Afterparty by Ann Stampler Plus Giveaway!!

Hello all!!! I am super excited to be taking part in the Afterparty Book Blitz today. There are tons of fantastic blogs taking part, all with super fun answers to questions and random lists, so make sure to check out all of the awesomeness!! 

About AFTERPARTY:

A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother—whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma isn’t.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, a bash where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15751652-afterparty

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Ann's Pet peeves

1.) Damp clothes
2.) Take-out that arrives late and cold and gooey
3.) Missing the previews at movies
4.) Rudeness
5.) This is in a more serious vein, but I live in a natural disaster wonderland.  Fires, floods, landslides, earthquakes: Welcome to L.A.  And it kills me when people refuse to evacuate when it’s still safe to get out, and then rescue workers – who are having a hard enough time – have to go back in and risk their own lives to save them.

About Ann Stampler:

Ann Stampler was the mild mannered author of literary picture books when she broke out, tore off her tasteful string of pearls, and started writing edgy, contemporary young adult novels set in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and writer’s-helper rescue dog – without whose compelling distraction she would have no doubt penned dozens of novels by now.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Alienated Series 
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13574417-alienated?from_search=true


My Thoughts

I have been much more into space and alien stuff lately than I used to be, so when I saw this book cover, which is gorgeous and read the blurb, I was so excited to read it!! I really loved the main characters and the story was fantastic. What I loved the most is how the characters grow, and the family aspect of it all. It's always a bonus when family is a big factor in a story, but most importantly, a present factor. This had that completely. I loved that aliens were a known thing, and that they have been in communication with Earth and even have this exchange program set up. So cool!! I would have been all for that when I was in school. Heck, I still would be even as an adult! Plus, it has a sweet romance. Some of it didn't work for me, but most of it did. I really enjoyed this.

Cara is super smart. She's top of her class and works hard to make sure she stays that way. She is surprised when she finds out that she has been chosen for the L'eihr student exchange program. On on hand, very few people get chosen, but on the other, she is a bit terrified to not only go to their planet, but to have one live with her. Her friends and boyfriend totally hate the aliens. I really liked that even though things were really hard for her, she still stuck by Aelyx. Actually, saying things are hard is a complete understatement, things are actually dangerous for her. There are riots and protests, and she is pretty much shunned by everyone, including her best friend. She lets Aelyx in and wants to know about him. Yes, she is falling for him too, but she really tries for him from the beginning. Even when she was a bit afraid of him.

Aelyx was an interesting character to read. He hates the humans as much as they hate him, but he plays his part. He has a secret that he's hiding though that is huge. It's not until he spends time on Earth that he realizes that maybe the way he though about it and it's occupants was wrong. I really enjoyed watching him learn how things are done on Earth and want to try to fit in. It's not easy for him, but he tries. He is also falling for Cara and wants to protect her and her family. He also wants to protect his family and planet. He really struggles with what's right and what he should do.

The romance was something that I liked a lot. It wasn't insta-love. It seems it because the book condenses a lot of time into it, but he and Cara actually gradually fall for each other. I do think that it gets a bit too extreme in a short amount of time after they actually have fallen for each other though. They both really care about their family and friends, but also about each other and it's hard for them to do what is right for everyone. There is also the ridiculous interviews and Cara's blog that make things not so private and out in the open. They do good at not letting things be public about their growing relationship with each other.

 This wasn't fast paced, but it never really felt like it was dragging. I thought that it was fun reading about how everyone is affected by the L'eihr being on Earth and how people directly around them behave and adjust. Also there is the secrets and lies that are going on to make things more interesting. I both loved and hated the way it ended. I thought that some of it was a bit dramatic, but I also really like where the story is headed. I think this series is going to be amazing and I am really looking forward to the next one!


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Friday, January 3, 2014

DNF Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Source: eARC Provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository
Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.

Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052934-no-one-else-can-have-you


My Thoughts

Okay, so I normally wouldn't write a DNF review since I didn't actually finish the book, but in this case I feel that I can. I also want to try to put some sort of review up for books that I haven't finished or at least mention them in some way. Anyways, I did read more than half of this so I can put my general thoughts on it. It didn't work for me for a number of reasons, but I think that it will have plenty of people that enjoy it. I tried to keep in mind that it's written from the perspective of a girl who lives in a super judgemental town and the way they behave is considered their normal, but it just didn't work.

Kippy's best (and only) friend is murdered and she is all for trying to get to the bottom of it. She then learns that so many people aren't what they seem, and her best friend didn't even like her that much. I thought that Kippy was very self absorbed and really judgemental. She thinks just because someone has had sex, they are a "hootchie momma" or complains that someone uses the word "like" too much, then she is using it in like, every other sentence. Like, it's super annoying and whatever.... Yeah, that's kind of a typical sentence while in her mind. She also is kind of a know it all and thinks because her dad is a psychologist, she knows everything about the mind and why people act the way they do.

Then there is the story. So Kippy has her murdered friends journal and starts reading it. She learns a lot of things that she didn't know about her. Mainly her thoughts about Kippy herself. Then of course the murderer is supposedly the best friends boyfriend, but it's all just to make things easy and the town to have an easy clean up. It's all some type of set up and the sheriff wants to keep it that way. The whole town will believe whatever is easiest because the sheriff says so. That won't stop Kippy though. She gets the help of her best friends brother and they become investigators on their own. Sounds charming right? Not really.

Mostly what turned me off on the book was how offensive it was. Slut shaming, gay remarks, the "r" word. An example of an offensive part...

"That's so gay." Libby mutters. Not gay gay- I'm not a bigot or anything - I mean like retarded gay"

Lovely, right? That's a fantastic character right there. *rolls eyes* That was only one of the many, many parts of the book that I just couldn't handle. It's full of stuff like that.

Then there were all of the ridiculous nicknames that Kippy's dad calls her like Pickle, Pimple, Chocolate butt, Chomper... I could keep going, but you get the point. Also the Don't Ya Know's and other supposed to be fun town way of talking got a bit much. Some would find it charming, but I just found it tiring. I can't really rate this book since I didn't finish it, but I do think that it's either a book people will love or hate. Maybe if I was in the mood for a mindless, silly book it wouldn't have sat so horribly with me, but I still can't get past the offensiveness of it. I know it's just the characters personality, but it was too much. There was also not a single character that didn't irritate the heck out of me. Not one. I didn't like any of them one bit. Sorry for the negativity in this review, but it actually had me all riled up while reading and I tried to push on to finish, but it just wasn't going to happen.

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.