Monday, March 31, 2014

Audiobook Review: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Shatter Me Series , #3 
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Length: 9 hours and 50 minutes
  • Read by: Kate Simses
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | The Book Depository

*This is the third and final book in this series. My review may contain minor spoilers from the first two books, but will be spoiler free for this one.
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love."

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn't know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won't keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that's not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18894010-ignite-me

My Thoughts

It seems like so many times the final book in a series isn't quite what you were hoping for. That is not the case at all for this one. I loved this!! I thought that it was a brilliant conclusion to an awesome series. The lyrical writing was one of my favorite things. Then there are the characters!! OMG Kenji and my love for him! He is just made of awesome. And, I don't think an author has ever turned my opinion of a character around so much. Warner was a character that I despised!! Even when others were falling for him in the second book, I still couldn't fathom liking a psychopath killer. Well, at the end of this series, I loved him!! I had so many feels reading (actually listening) to this book that I would find reasons to go run an errand or something just to get into my car and get to hear a few more chapters. I was completely wrapped up in this final installment and I thought that it ended perfectly.

Juliette is a character that has taken time to really love for me. She is in a bad place in the first book, starts to know herself better in the second book, but really grows to trust herself and others in this one. Being in her head is beautiful, ridiculous, and harsh at times. I loved every second of it. I loved how she didn't give up. Even when faced with what seemed like impossible situations, she found a way. She has been thrown some super rough things, and had a crap life, but that didn't break her forever, it shaped her to be the person she was in this. She went from being afraid of herself, to trusting and embracing her power.n To trusting others. To knowing how to control herself and to take down the Establishment once and for all.

 Onto the love triangle. One that I actually really enjoyed. For anyone who read my review for the second book, you know how irritated I was with Adam. I thought he was a whining child for most of it. Well, in this one I just thought he was an ass. He let his anger and jealousy get the best of him and was absolutely horrible. I know that he loves Juliette, but I couldn't stand him in this one. Then, there is Warner who I swore I would never like because even though I felt bad for him and how he grew up, I couldn't like a psycho killer. Juliette is pretty much the only soft spot he has. That is still mostly true in this, but while we get to know him more, I began to love him. I couldn't believe it!! I will say it, Warner is amazing!! Anyways, this little love triangle is good, because it's not ridiculous. I can understand Juliette's confusion, and even more, I understand why she makes the choices she does.  And there is no shortage of HOT in this. ;)

The audio of this was fantastic. The reader had the perfect voice for Juliette and put in all the emotion. She captured the story so perfectly. She did the different voices well, and most of the time I was sure of who was who. She brought the lyrical writing to life in a way I could have never read it myself and I just couldn't stop listening. This goes on my list for one of the top audiobooks I have listened to.

This book was pretty much perfect to me. It gave me all the emotions, and kept me needing to continue until the very last word. The way things progressed, the desperation, the angst, all of it. And oh the swoon factor!! There were so many lines that I ended up bookmarking in my physical copy just to go back and melt over. I also loved the way that it ended. It felt perfect for the series. This series as a whole was amazingly awesome and is one of my favorites. I am so sad that it's over, but I hope that whatever Tahereh Mafi writes next has her same gorgeous writing style. Of course no matter what, I will read it anyways. She has a solid spot in my favorite authors list.






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


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekly Recap/ Stacking the Shelves 89

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Hello!! OMG can you believe that it's almost April? Okay, so I have been horrible about blogging lately, but I promise for real this time that I will be better. It's been a kind of hectic past few weeks for me, but I plan on scheduling my posts and keeping up on things better moving forward. Especially commenting back on both my post comments and visiting some of my favorite blogs, and new ones more often.



Books Mentioned

Review

Purchased/Kindle Freebies
 

Thank you to HarperCollins, Edelweiss, and Rhiannon Frater. 

Weekly Recap

I reviewed Til Death by Kate Evangelista, which was a bit typical of a story for me, and  Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira which was amazing and I will be getting myself a finished copy of!!

I had two cover reveals. One for Lux: Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout which is books 1 & 2 of the series, and My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris.

I also had a promo post for Firmoo glasses. I got a pair to review and the company also offered up 5 digital coupon codes for 50% off.

Hope that you all had a fabulous week and that the Spring weather is going to come soon. Looks like we are supposed to start warming up this week in my area. Leave me a link to your post for me to visit back.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Promo Post: Firmoo Glasses!!

Hello everyone!! So I know this seems like a random post, but since I wear glasses along with a lot of people out there, I thought I would do a review of the Firmoo glasses that I got. The company sells a quality product at a great price. They have a huge selection of styles to fit any taste too. I know there were a few pairs that I was trying to decide between. At the price, I could get a few different pairs to fit the mood that I am in. So, if you haven't heard of Firmoo I have put the link to their website below. It opens in a new window, so feel free to browse and then come back to finish reading this post. :)


The glasses that I got can be found here. I have also added a pic of them below. I was going to post with me wearing them, but I wasn't happy with my pictures at the time.


Sorry it's a little dark. The light in the room is a bit dim. 

These glasses are really great! I actually think I like them better than my old pair that I got through my eyeglass place. (For way too much money to be honest) They are comfortable and the prescription in them is just right. Not to mention, they are super cute. I will definitely use this company again in the future, and have recommended them to a few people at work. I would highly recommend getting glasses from their site if you are in need of a new pair, or just an extra pair. Even if you don't wear glasses, we all know that it's become a fashion item and you could always buy them with just clear lenses, or a pair of sunglasses. The options are almost endless.

Firmoo is running a month of March promotion for 50% select pairs of glasses and free shipping. The first five comments on this post who are interested will get a coupon code for the promotion. You can see all eligible products here. Their products are already so well priced, that 50% off will get you some eyewear at a super low price. The promotion is for the month of March, so this is a super quick promo.

*I received this pair of glasses in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cover Reveal: My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

I am so super excited to be sharing the cover of My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris with you today!! I have been absolutely loving this series and cannot wait until this one comes out!! It publishes on April 21st 2014 which happens to be my birthday!! I will be pre-ordering this one from Amazon so I have it when I get home from work that day!!! 

BLURB

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17930616-my-not-so-super-sweet-life

How cute is this cover?!! I can't wait to read this one either. I love the characters and the story is so fun. Rachel Harris is so amazing and is perfect at the swoon factor too! 

Perfect example of the swoon, this quote:


And, a fabulous teaser!!


I cannot wait to read this!!

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Author Bio: 
Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong families are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.
A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches way too much Food Network with her amazing husband.
An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and losing herself in story. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira

  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18140047-love-letters-to-the-dead?ac=1

My Thoughts

This is a book that I had been pining for forever, so I was really excited to read it. It's not typical of me to read a book in one day, but this was one that I couldn't put down. I loved this book and I just couldn't stop. I really liked how it's written all in letters to dead people, but we uncover the story of her past, and follow her through the present. It's easy to feel disconnected to a story when written in this format, but instead, I was drawn into the way she was able to pour out everything inside her in these letters. Things she couldn't say out loud, couldn't tell anyone. The way this story tugged on my every emotion left me breathless and needing to see how Laurel's story turned out. This was dark, but also beautiful and emotion filled. Ultimately this is about Laurel, but it's also about all of those surrounding her as well.

Laurel is an interesting character to read. She is suffering from grief, guilt, feeling alone, and trying to find herself. When she has an assignment in English class to write a letter to someone dead, she does the assignment, but doesn't pass it in. Instead, she starts writing many letters to different dead people. It's her way of letting the things inside of her out. She tells them about things in the past, and things that are happening now. We get to see her form friendships, fall in love, fall apart. It's heartbreaking, but hopeful. We see that she is slowly seeing who she really is, but her past as well as things in the present are holding her back. She is lost and trying to find her way. Trying to fit in. Trying to make things make sense. She is perceptive to others, but can't seem to see herself. She was one of those characters who I just wanted to go into the book and help them in any way that I could. Though at times it was hard to see her going through certain things, I loved it. It all makes her who she is.

Now onto Sky. OMG I loved that boy. He has his own secrets too. He is Mr. Mysterious. It wasn't hard to guess that he went to school with Laurel's sister, but I wanted to know him. He never pushed Laurel though. He wanted her to be able to open up to him, but was never insistent on it. He wanted her to do it on her won. To trust him with what she held inside. He hated seeing her falling apart. At times he seems a bit harsh, but I understood it. Being that we are getting the story from Laurel's POV in letters, that is saying a lot. I really felt like I was getting to know him, and feel what he was feeling. He was such a good person, even though he comes across as the bad boy.

The romance was really great because it wasn't easy. It was gradual and hard. Laurel and Sky care for each other, but how broken Sky is really takes a toll on their relationship. It hurts him and scares him to be with her at times. When she loses herself and is lost in her despair, but won't let him in, he doesn't know what to do. She needs him and loves him, but she doesn't know how to open up. She holds everything in and isn't good at talking about feelings. She has a lot of issues and things going on in her head, and has no clue how to deal. They are great for each other, but they don't know how to be together while so broken. Their relationship made me so happy, and broke my heart at the same time.

This was a very deep book. Laurel's letters to the dead let us into how their lives fit in to what is going on in hers, or something that is in her past. She compares her friends, family, and relationship to certain aspects of these dead peoples lives. She really wants to know them, how they were when they were alive. What they did for people and how they affected those around them. They are her outlet. She feels like she is able to find herself in them by telling them her story. It gives her the strength and courage to be who she really is. Not knowing how to express herself in real life, the letters are the way she is able to. I loved this book so much. For some, the whole letter thing might not work, but it kept me completely hooked to the book wanting to know what her next letter would say. The writing was beautiful, the story was even more so. Dealing with many issues including death, family issues, relationship issues, and sexuality, this is a fantastic book that I think everyone should read!!





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

Monday, March 24, 2014

Review: Til' Death by Kate Evangelista

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: Fractured Souls Series 
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.

Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?

When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.

 My Thoughts

I really enjoy books about weird dreams being real life things, and being that it's her own death sounded really interesting. Unfortunately, this one fell really flat for me. I didn't really like the characters, and I didn't find them to be well developed. The story was interesting, but very predictable. I didn't feel any excitement or feel the tension of things the way I think was intended. Even though this book wasn't for me, I was able to read it all the way through, so that's a good thing right?

Selena was a character I tried so hard to like, but I just couldn't do it. She has visions, but only a few people know. When she starts to have visions of her own death, she hides it from everyone instead of going to her supposed best friends for support. Then there's Dillan, the new guy who is a total jerk, but of course she is attracted to him. She denies it up and down, but he is pretty much all she thinks about. How much he infuriates her, how much of a jerk he is, you know that type of thing. Then she gets pissed when she knows her best friend is keeping things from her when she's doing the same thing. Oh, and she is totally impulsive in a dumb way. Really, fighting off a bunch of re-animated corpses with a stick? Then getting mad when someone with a cool sword tries to help because she's not a damsel in distress right? Anyways, I just didn't click with her character and I can't think of any redeeming qualities because she irritated me.

Dillan is Mr. Broody, douche extraordinaire. But he's hot and the new guy, so that makes it all okay right. Don't we all turn to a puddle of goo at the guy who is a total ass. Not in a fun teasing way either, he really is just a jerk. He's mean and rude, and he doesn't hold it back. He has a past too. It wouldn't be a typical angsty teen book without that. Of course, we don't know what happened to have him sent to live with his uncle at first, but we know that he did something bad. That bad thing which also makes him broken and sensitive underneath it all *eye roll*. Yeah, I didn't like Dillan at all, and I didn't feel like he redeemed himself in any way even though he couldn't deny his feelings toward Selena. He is a demoted decendent of important blood and he is bitter about it in that hate the entire world kind of way. Even when he took the douchiness down a notch, I still was not able to like him at all.

I won't even get into what is supposed to be a romance. This book just didn't do anything for me. Since I didn't like the characters, I didn't feel what they were supposed to feel. The plot was too typical and predictable. Where we are supposed to feel the tension and be on the edge of our seats, I just wanted it to be over. Sorry this review is so negative, but I just felt like this was a bunch of the things that drive me nuts individually, all grouped into one book. Perhaps if the characters had been better, I would have liked this a bit more, but it really just didn't work for me. The one thing that I did like about it was Dillan's Hellhound and Selena's best friend who's name I actually can't remember now. Also wondering when her Grandparents would finally let out the secret they were hiding from her, which to the reader is obvious, but not to her. I can't say that I enjoyed this book as you can tell from my review, but I do think that it will have it's audience of those who will really like it. I guess as a whole this was just not my thing.





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



Cover Reveal: Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hello loves and happy Monday!! Today to start off the week, I have the awesome cover reveal for Lux: Beginnings which is the new edition of the Lux series including the first two books of the series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I am a huge, huge fan of this series. Though I was a bit sad that the cover would be changing with these new omnibus type editions, I have to say I love the cover!!

This will be released 6/3/14

Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx)

Obsidian

There's an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he's hot...until he opens his mouth. He's infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Onyx

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19081403-beginnings

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Additional links to Jennifer’s pages:


There is also a really cool giveaway for some fan inspired artwork!!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Promo Post: Pretty When She Dies is FREE on Amazon 3/20/14 - 3/24/14


Hi guys!! For those of you who visit my blog regularly, or follow me on twitter, you know that I adore Rhiannon Frater. I loved the Pretty When She Dies Series and I tell people all the time that they NEED her books. Well, here's your chance to start the series for nothing!! The first book in her series is going to be FREE from March 20th to March 24th on Amazon. If you don't have a Kindle, you can always download the free reading app for your computer or smartphone. You don't want to miss this!!! Keep in mind that this is not YA, it is adult and has adult situations in it.

  • Publisher: Permuted Press
  • Publication date: November 26th 2013 (first published in 2008)
Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry... in a new, horrific, unimaginable way...

Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature.

All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what's worse is that he's a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind.

But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation... or her death?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19019985-pretty-when-she-dies

Don't miss out on this super deal!! This series is amazing!! 


 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday 3/19/14

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine  to share what book you are highly anticipating the release of.

It's been forever since I have done one of these posts, but I want to get back into doing them, even if only once a month or so. It's such a great way to promote books that are coming out that others may not have heard about yet. This week my WoW is a book that I hadn't heard about until just this past week, and it sounds really good!!




  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publish Date: July 29th 2014
Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.

Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.

It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn’t stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.

At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.

Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18484899-before-you?ac=1

I know it seems like the typical popular girl/new boy scenario, but I just love broken characters and I can't wait to see what secrets they have hidden that has them that way. 

So what do you think? Sound good to you? What are you waiting for? I would love to know!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there's only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother's best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek...with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart's interests--even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart's simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16090645-ask-again-later?ac=1

My Thoughts

This book was so fun and cute!! I couldn't help but fall in love with it. If you are not into fluffy and cutesey books, then this probably isn't for you, but I adored it. We get to see what happens at Heart's prom with each of the dates she has to choose from. It's great because it's not like it's two totally different nights. The same things happen, just a bit differently depending on which date she is with. Each chapter alternates between "heads" and "tails" with each being one of the guys she went on the date with. Crappy things still happen, she also still has fun, but also, she finds herself and I loved it!! Each of the prom nights still has the same result and it made it really fun to see how they both kind of merge together. It's a bit alternate reality, but it isn't confusing since we are getting to live out each scenario in alternating chapters.

Heart is a really fun character to read. She is awkward, fun, and pretty carefree for the most part. She has a great heart (no pun intended) and really just wants to do what is best for people and not hurt anyone's feelings. She has a reason to feel bad for turning down either of the dates, but she also doesn't want to let her friends down either. Seeing her go through the night in two totally different situations was hilarious, entertaining, and a bit sad at times. For a no drama prom, she gets more than she has bargained for. I think she is a bit on the dramatic side about her rules for herself, but it's who she is and it makes the story.

The romance was super sweet. And even though she has two different prom dates, there is no love triangle involved. She is really against relationships because of her past and what she thinks will happen if she gets into one, but sometimes you just can't fight it. A special someone is the one who makes her see it. The romance is a bit touch and go, but it totally works. I can see where the guy is coming from and why he tends to act a bit jerky once in a while. I can't quite understand how at her age, Heart is as set about her reasons for not having a relationship, but it really does fit with her personality. As the romance starts to come forth, it's so fun. They are both a bit awkward about it, but it's sweet at the same time.

I really need to stop using the words sweet, awkward, and cute in this review. I just can't help it though because they are perfect ways to describe this book. I haven't had this much fun reading a book in a while and this was just the right book to perk up my spirits. I was a grinning fool for probably half of it. Heart and her friends are a great group and had me laughing and smiling throughout the book. It reminded me of my group of friends in school. We could always have fun, no matter what things might go wrong. We were always there for each other, and we would even do something horrible if we knew that something awesome would come out of it. I could go on and on about this book, but it would just be annoying babble about how cute it was, so I will finish by saying that you need this book in your life. It was fabulous!!





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

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (88)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Hello everyone!! I didn't do a StS post last week so I have quite a bit of awesome this week!! I got some epic books for review and a few other things either won, gifted, or bought.


Yup, another one in my jammies. I hate it when I don't get them done in the daytime lol!!

Books Mentioned

Review
Won/Gifted
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Being totally suckish again with not putting my weekly recap stuff. When hubs is home during the day on Saturday my post never gets done well. I wait until everyone goes to bed, then I rush. No excuse. I will be good next week. :)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Audiobook Review: Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton

  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.(Balzer + Bray)
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Series: Everneath Series , #3
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Length: 8 hours and 30 minutes
  • Read by: Amy Rubinate
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | The Book Depository

*This is the third and final book of the series. There will be no spoilers for this book, but there will be minor spoilers for the first two books. Proceed at your own risk.You have been warned.
In this heartrending conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Nikki and Jack must set out to destroy the Everneath this time, for good.

Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon or die.

Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally but how long can it last? She needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs her to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn t the only one with plans for her: the queen has not forgotten Nikki s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20608316-evertrue

My Thoughts

I have loved this series since right when I started the first book and this final installment didn't disappoint. I thought where the story went and how the characters grew and changed was perfect! Listening to this on audio definitely enhanced my enjoyment of the book, but I would have loved it anyways. I actually have a hardcover copy of it because I just had to have it! The adventure, the mythology, the relationships, and emotions were all so amazingly done! I am so sad to have this series come to an end, but also really exciting to see what Brodi Ashton gives us next!!

Nikki is having a really hard time being back from the Everneath. She is so happy to have Jack back, but now faces her impending future of either death, or becoming the Queen of the Everneath. Obviously, she doesn't really want either, but above all she doesn't want to hurt anyone by making them a forfeit and feeding. She is dependent on Cole to survive until she either chooses a forfeit or she destroys the Everneath, and taking the whole place down is her ultimate goal. She has so much hate for Cole, but she also was able to see other sides of him that made her question her hatred. She is such a good person down to her soul and it has always been a reason I enjoyed her character so much. She is brave and selfless, and only wants to save innocent people who don't deserve the wrath of the Everneath. Yes, of course she wants to live, but not at the expense of even one other life that she could save.

Jack is good for Nikki, and OMG the sweet things that would come out of his mouth sometimes. I seriously was turning to a puddle of goo listening to this. The thing that makes it even more heart melting is that he is totally sincere about it. It's not like he's just using a line. The audio really puts that extra emotion into it all. What did irritate me about him was that he was constantly acting like Nikki couldn't do things on her own. I know that he was just terrified for her, but I would have liked to see more of him having the faith and courage in her that he should. He does at times, but there's too much babying her. And he has a wicked jealous streak in this also. It was not very charming at all and I wanted to tell him to stop being such a tool.  It's so apparent how much he loves her though, and it's really sweet. He will do anything for her and he does.

The romance was something I loved. It's always there, but doesn't take over. Yes, there are some parts that are focused just on their thoughts and what they are doing, but it all goes with the story as a whole. The story wouldn't have the impact it does without really feeling what Jack and Nikki have. They have been through a lot. They are going through even more, but they know that their love for each other is a constant. It's something that they know for a fact and don't have to question it. No matter what they face or what they have been through, they will always be there for each other.

This audio was awesome. I have had really good luck with audiobooks lately where it makes me love a book so much more that if I had read it myself. I know that I would have loved this book either way, but the audio was filled with the emotion behind the words. The fear, the love, the urgency, it was all there through the voice of the narrator. She brought it all to life.

This book has us on the surface, and back in the Everneath. It has a lot of action and adventure and kept me engaged the whole time. I loved how it all ended. It wasn't without tears, but it was worth it. I kind of thought that it was going to end the way it did, but it still was enjoyable every single word of the way! This series as a whole was amazing, and this was such an awesome final book to the trilogy. This is definitely a series that I would recommend to pretty much everyone!






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

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cover Reveal: Collide (The Taking #3) by Melissa West Plus Giveaway!

Today Melissa West and Entangled Teen are excited to reveal the cover for Collide, the thrilling conclusion to The Taking series releasing in December 2,2014! Check out the gorgeous cover, exclusive excerpt, and enter to win an eARC!



About the book:

Collide by Melissa West (The Taking #3)
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: December 2, 2014
Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she's ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but 

to surrender. To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. 

What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.


Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.
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Exclusive Excerpt:


“Wake up!”

I feel as though someone has pinched my mind, shaken my brain around, and asked it to work again. I try to open my eyes, but they’re heavy and clouded and I begin to worry that maybe they are open. I just can’t see.

“Wake up!”

I flinch at the sound, so close to my ear, yet far away. Or maybe it’s my understanding that’s far.

“Ari. We’re out of time. Wake up!”

My mind flashes into focus, but I don’t open my eyes. I can feel, sense, everything around me. The beeping sounds that alternate in succession. The breathing in and out of the person beside me, yet I can’t make out who the person is. Even if it’s a he or she. But what I can sense is danger, danger so intense that the hairs on my arms are at full attention and the xylem in my body has sparked, causing me to instantly want the person beside me dead. If he or she—it—is dead then I am free to escape, even if I have no idea what or who I am escaping from.

“Fine. Just call this payback.”

I have one second to realize that the person is Cybil, before a gut wrenching pain slices through my left arm. My eyes snap open and she’s in front of me, so pale and rattled that she looks like a ghost of herself. I glance down at my arm to see that Cybil ripped out my IV and is now holding it in her hand like a toy.

“I warned you. Look. This likely triggered an alarm. We have to get out of here. Right now.”

I try to nod, but my body is sluggish and I’m not sure that I’ve moved at all. Cybil loops her arm under my back to help me sit up, and instantly the room begins to move in and out of focus. “What happened to me?”

“They happened. Now move.”

I start to climb off the table I’m on, when Cybil’s eyes round out and her body begins to quake. “Cybil? What is it?” I reach out for her, just as her body collapses to the ground and a metal door behind her slides open. Two men dressed in thick white suits rush in, followed by a shorter man. A man I recognize.

“Hello, Ari. Nice to see you awake,” Kelvin says. Kelvin Lancaster. I remember him from the talks with Earth, how he seemed to be in control, how everyone around him acted uneasy in his presence. Like he was more enemy than friend. I start to respond to him, when I feel a sharp pinch in my arm. I look up to see another white-suited person behind me, syringe in hand. I try to push the person away. I try to open my mouth to scream. But suddenly my lips feel tingly, my arms limp. I focus back on Kelvin, on the grin on his face, and then the world around me disappears, and I’m once again alone in the darkness.
 

About Melissa: 

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/Intermix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

 Connect with Melissa at www.melissawestauthor.com or on Twitter @MB_West.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Audiobook Review: Close My Eyes by Sophie Mckenzie

  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Length: 14 hours and 22 minutes
  • Read by:  Marisa Calin
  • Source: Audiobook provided by the publisher for review.
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | The Book Depository

I wake with a start from a bad dream. Anxiety clutches at my chest. Something’s gone . . . something’s missing . . . Beth . . . Always Beth . . .

When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable. For Art, the solution is simple: Have another child to replace Beth. For Gen, the thought of replacing her first child feels cruel, nearly unbearable. A part of her will never let go of Beth, no matter how much she needs to move on.

But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she’s always desperately longed to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant. That Beth is still out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. A fissure suddenly opens up in Gen’s carefully reconstructed life, letting in a flood of unanswerable questions. How could this possibly be true? Where is Beth? And why is Art so reluctant to get involved?

As Gen delves into the darkest parts of her past, she starts to realize that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse, a truth that could steal everything she holds close. Even her own life.

With Close My Eyes, Sophie McKenzie weaves a breathless thriller that digs in its hooks without mercy and twists without warning, confirming her place among today’s most exciting new voices in psychological suspense.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16059695-close-my-eyes


My Thoughts

I think this is a book that can be taken totally different ways. I mean, I know all books are subject to the reader, but this one is so psychologically in depth. While some people will find the main character really dense, I found her to be so overcome with grief and broken down that it was almost impossible for her to see things clearly. It wasn't that she was dumb, but that she was so lost in her own mind that she didn't stop to think or rationalize basic things. Anyways, I will get back to that. This story was a maze of conspiracies and secrets. It is the type of book that I could imagine would make a really great psychological thriller movie. Yes, it was predictable, some of the characters made me furious, and it was a bit drawn out. I still really enjoyed it though. Had I tried to read it instead of listening to the audio, I don't think I would have liked it as much. This is one of those books that really makes you think. It takes your mind to so many dark places. While listening to it, I was able to ponder over my thoughts while still moving forward with the story.

Geniver is in a hole of despair from the beginning of this book. Having been through multiple tries of IVF and trying to conceive a baby after losing Beth, she is at her limit. She doesn't want to replace her lost baby, she can't go through the hurt and disappointment of anymore failed attempts. She will not give into her husband this time. Now, she learns from a stranger that her Beth is still alive. She doesn't know what to think or to believe. As she investigates it further, her friends and family think she is going mad. Things just keep happening that lead her to believe that it's true, and the more she digs, the more danger she is in.Through this all she also realizes how absolutely broken her marriage has become. Her only help is one of her husbands old friends who may have ulterior motives. She makes some really stupid decisions, but she will do anything to find her lost child. I don't see her as stupid at all. I see her as a mother who is so distraught that she can only think of getting her child back. Nothing else matters. She is so wrapped up in conspiracies and paranoia that she refuses to think about anything besides the mission she is on.

I won't really go into the other characters except to say that I felt that Art was a bit harsh with her. He was so dismissive of her feelings. As a husband who loves his wife, I thought he should be more supportive of her no matter what. I was instantly suspicious of him having something to do with it because of how he was so defensive and kept telling her she was going crazy. I was pretty suspicious of a lot of people in this book. Mostly the ones who just kept brushing Gen off and telling her she needed to move on. I get that it's been eight years, but the loss of a child does not just disappear. Especially when someone has given you a hope you never dared to have. Lorcan was about the only character that didn't drive me nuts, but I still didn't understand why he would just go through all the danger of things for a person who he barely knows.

Having listened to the audio, I want to say that I highly enjoyed it. I think the audio really added to the story. I was able to hear the emotions of the characters, almost feel the intensity of things. This narrator did a fantastic job at the different voices and I never had trouble knowing who was supposed to be talking. She really put the emotion behind the characters and made the story seem real.

This book was full of suspense, mystery (though easy to figure out), and emotion. The end I didn't really see coming, but I should have figured. I think I wasn't expecting an epilogue from a different characters POV. Some things that really bothered me about this book was the overuse of certain phrases. "I close my eyes." and "I hold my breath." were used so many times that I was about to throw my iPod out the window. I think that certain things like that tend to be more noticeable on audio. Also, the story probably could have been shorter and a thing happens that I just didn't care for at all. I think a lot of the things in it were unnecessary. This is a book that was really hard to write a review for and I might end up doing a vlog review of it in the future. There is so much to say about my thoughts. Overall it was an emotional read that really gets in your head, but I just didn't love it the way I hoped. 


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

Cover Reveal: The Man Test by Amanda Aksel

Hi everyone! I am happy to take part in the cover reveal for The Man Test by Amanda Aksel today!! Along with the cover reveal there is also a great giveaway too! I am also taking part in this blog tour and my stop is on April 7th. Be sure to come back for my review.

The Man Test by Amanda Aksel

Coming March 25th

Synopsis

Marin Johns is San Francisco’s Pollyanna couples therapist. She’s months away from

wedded bliss when she discovers her fiancé is having an affair. After nursing her broken

heart with Kleenex and break-up songs, she adopts a new brand of thinking when she

uncovers a tell-all book that proves all men are liars and cheaters who will do and say

anything so they’re not found out. No exceptions.


In an attempt to convince her friends of her newfound truth, she begins a fictitious

relationship with James, a do-gooder from Montana. Marin seeks any means necessary

to catch him cheating from hiring a PI to enlisting the help of a fidelity tester. Will her

new "boyfriend" beat the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right?



About the Author

Amanda Aksel is an author with an affinity for love. Becoming a couple’s therapist was

her “backup” career, and after completing her BA in Psychology she was on her way

to solving love's most complicated quandaries one couple at a time. The Man Test is

Amanda’s debut novel, and now she plans to solve love's most complicated quandaries

one novel at a time. 



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