Saturday, January 31, 2015

January 2015 Monthly Wrap-Up and February TBR

Hai guys! I've decided that I need some new features around my blog, so I'm adding in monthly wrap-ups! :D a great thing to start in the new year if I do say so myself *winks*

This month has been quite busy. I've been planning and trying to get things ready for my move to Ireland at the end of August and there's so much more that I have to do than I thought! And to top it all off I lost my wallet >.< it has everything that I need right now in it...plus money I got for Christmas Dx but other than that things are going smoothly and my new spring classes for this year have been pretty easy thus far. 

Some bookish updates! 
I've read 7 books so far this year already! :D considering how busy I've been, that is a major feat! 
As you all know, I'm participating in Nori's 105 Challenge this year (Find my post HERE) and even though I haven't conpleted any of the categories yet, I've made a dent in a few of them!

Status for the challenge:
I have read
2 books released before 2015
-White Hot Kiss (review HERE)
-Stone Cold Touch (review HERE)
1 contemporary
-Ugly Love (review HERE)
2 ARCs
-Cursed By Fire (review HERE)
-The Walls Around Us (review HERE)
2 eBooks
-Scarlet (review HERE)
-Cress (review HERE)

Now for my TBR for February!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Snow Like Ashes
The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan 
To All the Boys I've Loved Before

I may end up reading more, especially considering the week I have off after Valentine's Day, but those are the five that I absolutely have to get done.

How was your January, and what books do you have planned for the month of February?

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #3

So, in the past few months I haven't been posting much because I haven't had access to a computer and I've just been extremely busy. I have, however, still been receiving books! Maybe not as many as I would like, but enough to do a stacking the shelves feature this week ^.^


Borrowed:
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Blood of Olympus 
An Abundance of Katherine's 

Gifted: 
The Book Thief 
House of Leaves
The Retribution of Mara Dyer
In the Afterlight

Giveaways:
Perfect Ruin
Defy the Dark
Book marks and swag

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.34 of 5 stars
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Page Count: 337

Synopsis:
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Originally I was looking forward to reading this one, then my best friend got it for Christmas and she absolutely hated it. She kept complaining to me about how Miles is so annoying and Tate is stupid and annoying and I was just wanting to read it less and less because her and I have somewhat the same taste in books. She made me read it anyway, however. And I have to say that, unfortunately, she was right.

Tate seemed like she was going to be a great MC. She was snarky and independent and just plain cool. Theeeen Miles happened. He seemed like your typical broody, mysterious bad boy type of guy that had a tragic past he didn't want to talk about, which was true. He did have a tragic past, but reading his point of view was so epically painful I wanted to smack him with the book. Every time it was a chapter about his past, or even near the end where it finally jumped to the present, it was written like a poem. 

Another thing was the insta love...no one, and I mean no one, falls in love that fast. I'm sorry. But no. Tate was instantly attracted to him, and I get that. Attraction is okay, but she fell in love with him way to quickly. Especially considering the fact that all he wanted her for was sex! He told her that from the beginning and she still continued on like he was going to realise he was in love with her...I mean obviously he did but that's not the point. She got pissed at him for being detached after they had sex but that's all he ever said he wanted from her. She didn't have the right to get mad...ugh..I'm ranting..

Anyway. There were just flaws with the book that I couldn't look past. Too many things in it that bother me immensely. So no, this book was definitely not for me, but that doesn't mean other people wouldn't like it. Just read at your own risk :3 

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Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.5 of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Page Count: 464

Synopsis:
Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

Absolutely magnificent! The sexual tension! The freaking amazing badassery! The fights! The mystery! The CLIFHANGER! Goddamn this book was just fantastic. Even better than WHK.

There were so many twists and turns, it kept me turning the page. JLA put out all the stops for this one. There was so much mystery surrounding everything that was going on that you wouldn't have ever expected the ending to go the way it did. Then again, people always say watch out for the quiet ones so I should have known *shakes head*

The love triangle thing was slightly annoying because no matter how great Zayne may seem, my heart will always pick Roth. He's just...gah! I can't even put him into words...even though he pissed me off in the beginning of this book -.- he came through in the end that that's all that matters.

The plot and the writing style were immaculate as always for JLA. She just has a way of weaving words together that leave you wanting more and boy do I want more! I cannot wait for the third book to be released. It just doesn't seem possible that I'll be able to contain my curiosity for that long.

So, Jennifer, this is me begging you, write faster! DX

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry Cover Reveal!!

West Side Story meets Sons of Anarchy?? Yes, please!

Katie McGarry's newest novel, NOWHERE BUT HERE, has a cover and we are thrilled to get to help reveal it to you today. The first novel in her upcoming The Thunder Road Series, NOWHERE BUT HERE is a young adult contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. We have no doubt that when  you get done, you're going to wish you were on a motorcycle and had your own cut of leather across your back! Follow along today as pieces of the cover are revealed, and then stop by the HarlequinTeen Page to see the full cover at 7pm EST!  And that's not all, of course! We have a few Behind-The-Scenes pictures from the photo shoot itself for you to enjoy as well! Check out the Behind-The-Scenes pictures and then scroll down for our puzzle piece! Nowhere But Here BTSNowhere But Here BTSNowhere But Here BTSNowhere But Here BTSNowhere But Here BTS

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NOWHERE BUT HERE Synopsis: An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible  Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.13 of 5 stars
My Rating: DNF at 48%
Page Count: 336

Synopsis:
“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

**I received an eARC of this novel via Netgalley**

So, I really really tried to finish this book. I had already DNF one of my other ARCs this year and I really didn't want to do that with another one, but I just couldn't bring myself to read it and I knew if I kept pushing I would never get any of my other books read.

It had nothing to do with the writing or the execution of the plot line. The writing was well done and the story was unique, if a little hard to follow. The characters were well developed even halfway through the book. 

Maybe I'll give this book another chance when it's released, but for now, it just wasn't for me. 

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.5 of 5 stars
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Page Count: 550

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

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had 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 of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

I feel like I read this series too fast considering Winter, the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicals, won't be out for months still...but oh well, I couldn't stop myself xD

Cress was much better than Scarlet. Meyer weaved the three stories together much better than she did with the stories of Scarlet and Cinder. The beginning was entertaining and actually quite suspenseful. We meet Cress, a lunar shell hidden away in a satellite, and she is probably my favourite character in the series so far. Cress is intelligent and beautiful, but she's been hidden away for so long and has had no human interaction with anyone that she creates fantasies to make things better. She's very relatable, at least for me. 

Thorne becomes heroic and a much better character than who he was in Scarlet. He may not see it yet, but his character has made the most development out of everyone. And I absolutely love the romance between him and Cress. They compliment each other very well ^.^

The writing was very well done, despite the lull in action towards the middle of the book. Some things were predictable but I think Meyer did a better job of hiding things than she had in Cinder.

Cress is my favourite book of the series so far and I'm anxiously awaiting the release of Winter!

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Average Rating on Goodreads:
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Page Count: 400

Synopsis:
One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Okay...all I can say is wow, that was a damn good book! I mean Jennifer's work is always fantastic but this book was just the icing on top of the cake. Layla was a badass MC, Roth was so yummy I could lick him (*coughs* did I say that? XD), and Zayne...well...he may be hot as hell but he was a complete jerk in this one in my opinion...

The writing was fantastic and very well developed. You could tell Armentrout took time choosing her words and her execution was supurb! The plot was unique and the way she described each scene, each feeling, everything, was engaging and sucked me in until I finally realised that I was done with the book already. 

And in terms of what team I'm on? So Team Roth! He's just...*dreamy eyes*...fucking fantastic (excuse my language) I don't see how anyone couldn't be team Roth, especially in this first book...

That ending though ._. With Roth and...goddamn I wasn't expecting that to happen..

Anyway! I completely recommend this book...like you should go read it right now. Right this minute. Yeah. *smiles* 

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Have you read it yet? XD just kidding...but seriously, go read it

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

 
Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols
Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.72 of 5 stars
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Page Count: 336

Synopsis:
Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.

Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?
 
**I received and eARC via Edelweiss**

So when I read Biggest Flirts, the first book in the Superlatives series, I mainly read it because the MCs name was Tia XD I didn't expect to like it as much as I did so when I saw the opportunity to get an ARC of Perfect Couple, I jumped at it! However I wasn't as entertained with this one as I was the first one.

For one, Harper's personality was just all over the place. She started out as the shy yearbook girl and then turned into some wannabe popular girl and then settled somewhere in the middle of the two near the end of the book. I mean I get that characters are supposed to go through some form of transformation but I felt that this was a little too drastic. 

I did, however, like Brody. Even though he was the typical jock that was actually sweet on the inside, Echols just made him more likeable than most other character I've read who have that stereotype. 

Contemporary books like this are always predictable, but I like to see which twists and turns an author is going to throw in there and I actually liked some of them that were included in this book. So, even though there were things that irked me (i.e. Harper's personality) it was a well done book and I do recommend that any of you who read the first book read this one. And if you haven't read the first book then you should definitely do so!

The Retibution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

 
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.3 of 5 stars 
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Page Count: 470

Synopsis:
Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.
She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should. 
She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now. 
Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

First I want to thank Belle from Fangirling Misses for sending me this book! :D I love you girl! And your book will come as soon as I find another job >.>

Anyway! Now to the book ^^ I have to say that I didn't like this one as much as the others. Actually, I feel that the series slowly got worse as the books progressed. I loved the first one, like seriously LOVED it, the second one was good but it had a few flaws, and this one felt like it was dragging throughout the whole first half.

Normally I wouldn't say that a male character is necessary to make it a good book, but in this case, Noah is so very important to the story. Mara is just so dull and emotionless. I found myself more interested in the flashbacks than I was in what Mara and the others were doing. If it wasn't for Jamie and then Noah I think I would have rated it lower. 

After the first half was over though, the pace picked up and I started enjoying the story! There were so many revelations and plot twists that some of the stuff I didn't even realise until the end XD Hodkin does leave you speechless with this last book, however I would have liked it if the beginning was as exciting as the end.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

105 Reading Challenge!

So guys, it's 2015!! I'm sorry I missed writing a Christmas and New Years post :( I really have no other excuse besides the fact that I've been busy. I planned on doing an end of the year wrap up but time just got away from me. So. I say lets just start off this year with a clean slate! And what better way to do that other than participate in a challenge! :D

Nori from ReadWriteLove28 came up with the 105 Reading Challenge! The 105 Challenge is a goal where I’m going to try and read 105 books during 2015. I got the number 105 by taking 12 (months in a year), adding two to make 14 (for absolutely no reason), then doing 14 + 13 + 12 +  11 + 10 + 9 + 8…+ 1.

For my individual challenge I am aiming to complete the following categories:

•14 books that have been on my TBR the longest•
•13 2015 releases•
•12 books released before 2015•
•11 new to me authors•
•10 contemporary•
•9 dystopians•
•8 paranormal•
•7 New Adult•
•6 ARCs•
•5 eBooks•
•4 rereads•
•3 a trilogy•
•2 classics•
•1 nonfiction•

I encourage all of you to join this challenge! And as an incentive, Nori has been gracious enough to set up a giveaway! For those of you who decide to join, I wish you luck :D

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cinder and Scarlet combined review!

Hi guys! So, even though I haven't been updating my blog recently because of technology problems, I've still been reading a lot!! So expect many reviews to be posted in the coming week!! For this review I decided to combine Cinder and Scarlet because they're from the same series and it'll save me time ^.^

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.12 of 5 stars
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Page Count: 390

Synopsis:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

So as you all know I avoided this book like the plague. For some reason I just could not bring myself to read this whenever I got the chance. But, my secret santa gifted me a copy so I decided to finally get over my reservations about reading it and ended up finishing it in a day XD

I overly enjoyed Cinder! It was a unique mix of a fairy tale retelling and a dystopian fantasy. Meyer took the story of Cinderella and put her own unique twist on it. I think that she did a magnificent job in including small aspects of the original story while still managing to keep the plot of the story uniquely her own.

Some of it was predictable and I didn't have a hard time figuring out some of the mysteries that came a long with Cinder's past. I would have liked a little more nail biting suspense to go along with Cinder finding out all of the answers to her questions, but all in all it was a great and easy read! Meyer kept me thoroughly entranced.   

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.31 of 5 stars
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Page Count: 452

Synopsis:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.  

I was super excited to start this one since I loved Cinder, however I was slightly disappointed with it. I never really liked the story of Little Red Riding Hood to begin with but I figured that since it would be paired with the story of Cinderella and since Meyer executed the first one so well, that it would be just as good. There were just things that annoyed me a little too much for my liking.

There's the fact that Cinder just seemed selfish and cold. Her personality was giving and human in the first one, but with Meyer trying to make the two stories connect, her personality was jepordized. I get that some things had to be done in order to mesh the two stories, but I would have liked it more if Meyer had done it a little more smoothly.

Thorne kind of grew on me throughout the book, but I have to consider what my buddy read partner was saying about his motives for helping them changing. I'll definitely have to keep my eye on him when I get around to reading Cress ^^

Scarlet and Wolf...Scarlet was one badass character. I think she was the one that really made the book for me. She was strong and independent and just didn't accept anything unless she did it herself. I like that in an MC because then you don't always have those damel's in distress ones. Those annoy the hell out of me. Like come on can a lady not save herself for once? And Wolf...he was your typical brooding mystery guy which I didn't mind. I wasn't really expecting the real him to be what was revealed but it did make sense.

So even though I didn't fully enjoy this installment, I am definitely looking forward to Cress!