Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Hidden Library Blog Tour : Character Interview with Finn + Giveaway


I had the pleasure of interviewing Finn, our interview went as follows: 

In The Collector's Society, there was a mention of Tom. Why do you refuse to see him?

I don’t approve of who he is or what he’s done. I have no need for him in my life.

What's your plan for catching Todd?

Question him, of course, to see if we can get answers about what he’s been doing and the reasons why. And then we plan to make him pay for what he’s done.

How are you holding up after your father's near death? Had to be hard after losing your mother, I'm sorry for your loss.

Thanks. I mean, it was terrifying to learn that my dad was attacked by Todd—especially after what happened to my mother (by the same asshole). And honestly, it was a shock, too. Brom is extremely capable. He’s never been caught off-guard before. But my brother and I are making sure he has everything he needs in order to heal.

So, tell me about Alice. When did you first know she was your North Star?

It’s funny . . . my former partner and I were assigned to track her down for years. She was like a ghost—one that was tough on my ego, because I just couldn’t seem to find her. And then, of course, I never did. My father went and found her! I didn’t really know what to expect when I first met Alice. I certainly didn’t expect to ever fall in love with her. I think . . . I think I probably realized my feelings for her started to change the first time we ever went to the coffee shop together. No, it was right before that. When we sat in the hallway, talking about whether or not we’d go out to have coffee. I began to realize she and I have a lot in common. And then I fell gradually but steadily. I don’t know if I can fully explain what I think or feel about her, to be honest. She’s pretty damn amazing.

When you were in Wonderland, you recounted what happened when you got separated from Alice, but I want to know, what was going through your head before you lost consciousness?

The truth? I was thinking, Sonofabitch. Are you kidding me?”

Alright, one last question before we go, can the readers expect anything shocking to happen during your next adventure?

Unfortunately, my past gets dug up, so there’s that. And . . . readers will also learn the extent of my feelings toward Alice, and exactly what I’ll do for her.

ABOUT THE HIDDEN LIBRARY:

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .

Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.

On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.

Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.
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Don’t miss the first book in this series, THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!


About Heather Lyons:

Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Never Gonna Tell by Sarah M. Ross Cover Reveal

Spilling her secrets could prove to be a fatal mistake...but this cover sure isn't! We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Sarah M. Ross' NEVER GONNA TELL! NEVER GONNA TELL is a Young Adult Romantic Suspense scheduled for release March 17th!!

  NEVER GONNA TELL   Prologue: NOTHING BUT BLACKNESS surrounds me. I can’t move. Why can’t I move? A shiver runs through me, both from fear and the cold of the ground below me. The air is stale and smells like the earth as I try to take a deep breath. I instantly know I’m inside of something, or maybe under something.
 “Hello?” I call, my voice shaking and barely above a whisper. No one answers. I try again, a little louder, as I fight back tears. The only sound I hear is my heart pounding in my tightened chest, the noise filling my head. Thump, thump. Thump, thump. Thump, thump.
I blink, my eyes adjusting to the darkness, but still I can’t see a thing. Pain radiates through my arm and head, but fear pulses stronger. The air around me grows thick and heavy. Sweat trickles down my face. My clammy hand trembles like a leaf in the wind as I stretch forward, feeling for something—anything. “Calm down,” I command my nerves. “It’s going to be okay.” But even I don’t believe my lies.
 I move, just an inch, to test my arm. The pain is still throbbing, but it’s manageable enough to try to get out from … wherever I am. 
Taking another stale breath, my right hand reaches out and connects with something hard and scratchy. Wood? It’s all around me, maybe a foot or so away. I push against it as hard as I can with one hand, but it doesn’t budge. I’m trapped. I can’t move and I want to scream. It’s bubbling up inside, but I quash it back down. Screaming will only let them know I’m awake. That I’m alive. Panic begs to take over, to take control, but I need to get out of here before that happens. I want to take a deep breath, but can’t. There isn’t any to fill my lungs. 
But there has to be air coming from somewhere or I’d be dead by now, I remind myself. And that’s all I need
I focus on keeping my breathing even, counting each breath. After reaching thirty, I reach up again, trailing the tips of my fingers along the wood, hoping to find a handle or knob, but there is only a large, flat, solid piece of wood.
 This is it. My worst fear is coming to life. Everything I worked for, everything I sacrificed, was for naught. My mom and dad’s faces pop into my mind as tears well in my eyes. I was so stupid. So foolish to think that I was doing the right thing. Now look where that’s gotten me. I’m going to die tonight. I’m sure of that now. All because I vowed that I was never gonna tell. NGT Full WrapAbout NEVER GONNA TELL: My name is Reagan Wilcox: high school senior by day, kick-ass investigative journalist by night. I’ve always loved observing people—especially when they think no one is paying attention. I thought I was ready to cover any story. Work any angle. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened that night. I wasn’t ready for what I saw. And I certainly wasn’t ready for him. I always knew I’d write the headlines. Now, I just might become one.   Sarah m Ross - headshotAbout Sarah M. Ross: Sarah started her obsession with reading at an early age, often sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class. She would read any book she could get her hands on. Her love of reading quickly evolved into a love of writing and stories began to pour out of her.

She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as she does for several years. Sarah will always be a proud member of the Steelers' Nation, but couldn't take the cold and moved her frozen tush to Florida where she now lives with her family and two cats. You will find her now with her trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand!

Sarah's debut novel, AWAKEN, released in January, 2012. Other novels include AVENGE, ATONE, ECHO OF AN EARTH ANGEL, and INHALE EXHALE.   

Monday, February 23, 2015

Locked by Eva Morgan

Locked by Eva Morgan
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.53 of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Page Count: 219

Synopsis:
When eighteen-year-old Irene Adler meets her new neighbor, the gorgeous, brilliant, and arrogant Sherlock Holmes, she never expects him to be the one to make her feel like life is worth living again. Ever since her sister's death, she's been addicted to risk-taking as a way to deal with her depression, and Sherlock quickly becomes the biggest risk she's ever taken. 

Locked is the story of a broken girl and the genius who gives her life back to her. It's the story of a witty asshole who's never known love, and the girl who shows him what love means. It's the story of an unexpected connection, two people who save each other, and the importance of seeing the goodness underneath. 

*Based on the Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle. 

**Book 1 in the Locked series.

So I'm sitting at my grandma's, waiting for my friend to pick me up, when I get a text. It's another friend of mine and he asks me how bored I am. Unsure of why he's asking, I reply with: Slightly. It's then that he tells me that he has a book for me to read if I'm interested. Now, if you guys don't know already, I absolutely love the TV show Sherlock. It's amazing, perfection, flawless, and just straight up fantastic. When I read the synopsis and saw that this was a book about Sherlock Holmes, I was slightly skeptical. You'd have to be a genius to write Sherlock. But, I decided to give it a try. Let me just say that it has been a very long time since I've read a book in a few hours...

Sherlock was written to perfection. He was witty, clueless, a genius, and just so amazingly Sherlock Holmes that I couldn't believe it. Eva Morgan captured his character smashingly. Some of his deductions were a little far fetched, but it still worked. They weren't too over the top that it got in the way of the story. 

Irene Adler...Amazing, amazing, amazing main character. She wasn't annoying and she was able to do things on her own without always needing help, despite Sherlock always butting in and helping her regardless if she asked for it or not. She was very relatable too. She handled many of her problems how I would handle them. Plus she was pretty smart too. Not Sherlock smart by any means, but smart nonetheless. 

The mystery, the minuscule amount of romance, and the action at the end, had me sobbing for a good half hour after I finished it. Thankfully I had the friend that recommended it to me to rant to considering everyone else I knew was sleeping since it was 2am XD I absolutely cannot wait until the second book comes out...even though I have no idea when that will be Dx 

I highly recommend this book to everyone, even if you don't really like Sherlock Holmes. Regardless, it is a fantastic book on its own.


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.85 of 5 stars
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Page Count: 288

Synopsis:
Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

I love Gayle Forman's writing. I fell in love with If I Stay, couldn't put down Just One Day, and now, she has made me love another one of her books: I Was Here.

This one has a completely different feel to it than her other books. It was about finding oneself, which the others have, but Cody was finding herself through another person. She was going through something a lot of us have gone through before. I know I have questioned the reason for continuing before and Cody's journey through figuring out what was going on with Meg before her death shows just how easy it is for that temptation to reach you. It shows that every person, even the one people think is the strongest person they know, is susceptible to falling.

Forman crafted a delicate, heart wrenching story, and I could not put it down. I felt like I was on the journey with Cody. I even questioned my own strength while I was reading this book and it made me realise that I am strong, because if I wasn't, then I would have given in to the temptation like Meg had.

I also liked the slow burning romance. The connection between her and Ben was there from the beginning but nothing happened between them, until the end, except one kiss in the heat of the moment. There aren't enough books like that and it's been kind of refreshing to read so many back to back.

I Was Here is probably my favourite books of Gayle's and I recommend it greatly.

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The Collector's Society by Heather Lyons

The Collector's Society by Heather Lyons
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.39 of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Page Count: 355

Synopsis:
From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

*This is the first book in the Collectors' Society series. 

**I received an eARC copy from the publisher in return for an honest review**

I first heard about this book from Ivey over at The Hopeless Reader but you guys probably know her as the queen of books on twitter. She raved about this book and, me being me, checked out the synopsis and started obsessing XD I fell in love before I even read it. I mean, grown up Alice? Other characters from other famous stories? All in one place? Hell yeah! Sounded like my kind of book.

I didn't get the chance until now to actually read it though. I signed up for a blog tour for The Hidden Library, the sequel to The Collector's Society, and was offered an ARC copy of this book. I was ecstatic. It gave to the excuse to put off my other books and finally read it! And I have to say, I was not disappointed!

The story was very well written and also insanely unique! It was also one of those books where the story was the main focus of the book and not the romance. I mean, yeah there was definitely romance, but it didn't overshadow everything. Also, I think some people would argue that there was a love triangle because of Alice's love for the White King, Jace, but there really wasn't because it was clear that she would never be with him like she was during her years in Wonderland.

I really really liked the intermingling with all of the characters. Lyons did a fantastic job of bringing them all together while still  making it her own story, I also liked the fact that the characters from the classic stories weren't all main characters.

While I absolutely loved this book, I did have one slight problem with the ending. I expected there to be a tiny bit more heartbreak or something that would truly push the characters to go after Sweeny Todd more than they already wanted to. I mean, I'm glad Brom is still alive and whatnot but I think the ending was slightly too easy.

Other than that, the book was practically flawless. One of my favourite books.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.07 of 5 stars
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Page Count: 422

Synopsis:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own. 

When I first started this book, I was sort of disappointed that I didn't seem so attached to it like so many people seemed to be. I've always been sort of reserved when reading fantasy books because I tended to stray towards the paranormal books more, but since I loved Throne of Glass so much and a few other fantasy books I read afterwards, I decided to give Snow Like Ashes a try. It took awhile, but I did end up enjoying it!

Meira was a pretty badass MC and I completely guessed what would happen at the end of the book way before she even started to realise what was happening. She wasn't annoying like some MCs though and I respected her for her independence and her stubborn personality. Her love for the other Winterians is admirable and I loved seeing her fight for her people.

The romance in this book was really slow burning too. I'm getting so tired of books that have the romance overshadowing most of the story line. I kind of enjoyed there being very little romance going on.

Snow Like Ashes, after I got past the beginning, was very intriguing and I look forward to the sequel, Ice Like Fire!

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The Hidden Library Release Day Launch

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We are dying to jump back down the rabbit hole with Heather Lyons' THE HIDDEN LIBRARY! THE HIDDEN LIBRARY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy and the second book in Heather’s The Collectors' Society Series! Check out the latest fantastic installment in this series that brings you some of the classics with a twist.

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Excerpt: We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?” One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?” There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.” He wants to court me. Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me. I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries. He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person. I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies. I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his. He wants to court me. And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful. THL Teaser   ABOUT THE HIDDEN LIBRARY: Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . . Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know. On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old. Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.    
Don’t miss the first book in this series, THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!
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  Author PhotoAbout Heather Lyons: Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.        

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Week Blitz!

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We have been dying to bring you the Release Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's THE RETURN! THE RETURN is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Titan Series. Seth is looking to be just as dangerously delicious as we all hoped!!

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THE RETURN Excerpt:
 Shaking my head, I pivoted around and walked down the long hall to my dorm room. As I reached the door, the shiver was at the base of my spine again, dancing its way up until it traveled across my shoulders. My heart turned over heavily and I closed my eyes. Twice in one day.
Oh God.
I’d never felt this more than once in any span of several days. Swallowing hard, I wrapped my fingers around the doorknob, battling the urge to turn and scan the hall, because I knew no one would be there. Dragging in a deep breath, I opened the door and stepped inside the room. My brows flew up, and I forgot about the feeling as I closed the door behind me.
Erin was sprawled on the floor, palms pressed down on a mat, her spandex-covered behind jutting up toward the sky. She turned her head, peering at me from under her armpit. Her armpit.
“How in the world do you get your neck to bend like that without killing yourself?” I asked.
“Skills, yo.” Erin did yoga and meditation religiously, saying it helped merge her yin and yang together or something. She’d once told me she had a hell of a mean streak, and contorting herself into painful-looking positions helped keep “good vibrations” around her. Which was strange, because I’d never seen Erin lose her temper in the two years I’d known her.
Erin unfolded herself from some kind of downward dog or upward pony and grinned at me. “Check under the bed.”
Curious, I dropped my bag and stepped over her legs. Bending down, I lifted the bedspread and my eyes grew to the size of saucers when I spotted the bottle. I snatched it up and clutched it to my chest as I whipped toward her.
“José!” Her grin spread into a smile. “The best boyfriend ever.”

THE RETURN Synopsis: The Fates are cackling their bony asses off... It's been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they've given him have been violent and bloody--which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He's got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet. Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy's deal might be, but it's a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her. But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all. Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.  
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About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer 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. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Waiting On Wednesday #3


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine

This week I'm waiting on A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Why I'm Waiting:
Why wouldn't I be waiting?! XD I absolutely love Sarah's writing! She made me fall in love with the Throne of Glass series and I can't wait to experience another world that she created. Her books are what got me reading more fantasy. Originally, I could barely get myself through any fantasy book that wasn't Harry Potter, until I picked up ToG. It really opened my eyes to the genre

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #8

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week's topic is Top Ten Book Related Problems I have

1. Shelf Space
I'm sure all us book lovers have this problem...There's just not enough room for all of my books! I have two bookshelves (however my mom stole one -.-) but I still can't seem to find enough room for all the books I've come to acquire. Most of them have come to live on my bed or in small crevices I find on my entertainment center

2. Fictional Character Love
I have a problem that I fall in love with characters way too easily. I just can't help it! Characters in books are so much easier to love than people in real life! Not that I don't love people, it's just so much easier to interact with books than have to figure out how to respond to actual people. My love for characters tends to get out of hand, though.

3. Critiquing Book to Movie Adaptations
So, this problem of mine definitely is the most annoying to my family. Whenever we go see a movie that I've read the book to (which is always) I tend to point out what did and didn't happen in the book. I'm told to shut up and enjoy the movie multiple times, but I can't help it! I like being able to spot the differences. It's like a game to me xD

4. My To Be Read Pile
Jeez, this thing is long. Waaay too long. There are so many books on it that I know I will never get to read every single one. Especially considering I add to it all the time. I've tried cutting it down, but I got lazy xD It just takes to damn long to remove every book I know I'll never read, so my TBR list will forever be longer than any list I've made before.

5. Time
Time...dear god there are just too little hours in the day. Finding the time to read while still keeping up with my busy schedule is a struggle. It pains me that I can't read 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I think I would be in heaven if that were possible.

6. Wanting to finish a book, but not finish it at the same time
This happens to me way too often. I'll start a book, a really really good book, but I won't want to finish it because I won't want to end. Or it'll be the opposite. I'll start a book and then I'll stop reading it because even though I want to know the ending, I just want the book to be already read, the information already in my brain. Either way, wanting to finish a book, but not at the same time is a very big problem of mine.

7. Interruptions
I absolutely HATE when people try to talk to me when I'm clearly focused on reading a book. It happens way to often >.< I use books as a do not disturb sign, I even have one on my door that says "Do Not Disturb, I'm Reading" ! But still, people think it's okay to talk to me when I'm in another world. It actually kind of baffles me

8. Keeping up with the books planned for the month
I have a problem with sticking to my planned TBR for a certain month. I always manage to totally disregard the books I know I have to read in exchange for books that I see everyone else talking about. I know it's not a good way to make sure I read all the books I need to, i.e ARCs, but I always have to know why so many people love a book

9. I get green with envy..
I think every blogger feels this way at one point or another. I see all these people receiving ARCs and buying new releases and I wish I was them. Then again, maybe it's a good thing that I don't get books xD I have too many to read already

10. Feeling the need to finish a series even if I didn't like the first book
Even though I may not exactly like the first novel of a series, I have to complete the series...especially if I loved even one character. Doing this always adds to my TBR, but I feel incomplete if I don't end up finishing it

What are your bookish problems?

The Way We Fall by Cassia Leo Release Day Launch

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Exclusive Excerpt: August 13th Houston Cavanaugh. The first boy I ever loved. And boy, did I love him a long time. I loved him until he was a man. I loved him until he loved me back. At least, I thought he loved me. His eyes narrow and he appears confused for a moment. “Jamie?” My heart drops to my feet. He doesn’t even remember me. “No,” I say with far too much emotion. “Oh, my God. I’m sorry. I... I know you.” I clutch my chest, unable to breathe. Then his eyes widen with what can only be described as pure terror. “Rory? Aurora?” I let out a sharp puff of air. “Yeah.” His lips are still moving. I want to hear what he’s saying, but my thoughts are pounding in time with my heart. Images flash in my mind: our bodies tangled in his sheets; the breakfast bar littered with sticky shot glasses and empty beer bottles; my empty dorm. “Rory?” I blink a few times to focus on his face and he looks at the floor, as if the weight of our history is pulling his head down. “I’m sorry. Maybe I should come back later.” “What? No!” He looks up, startled by my outburst. “I mean, you came to talk about the contract, so... let’s talk. I’m...” I nod toward the chair for him to sit down, then I close the office door behind him. “I’m sorry for spacing out. I was just a little surprised to see you.” I take a seat in Jamie’s chair and yelp as it begins to tip backward. “Shit!” Houston laughs as I scoot forward and lean my elbows on the desk, hoping he doesn’t notice how the sound of his laughter makes the hairs on my arms stand up. “Sorry. Obviously, I don’t sit on this side of the desk very often, but Jamie didn’t want to reschedule this appointment. She should be here shortly.” “You don’t need to apologize.” The left corner of his mouth pulls up in his signature half smile and I grit my teeth against the surge of emotions welling up inside me. “I’m actually kind of glad we ran into each other.” “Really? You hardly remembered me a minute ago.” He chuckles again. “Yeah, sorry about that. I was just surprised.” I can’t argue with this when I just used the same excuse. But it’s no more true coming from his lips than it is from mine. We’re not surprised to see each other. We’re terrified.   The Way We Fall Synopsis: TWWF Amazon_1From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a twisted and passionate love story that pushes the boundaries of loyalty. Maybe we shouldn’t have fallen so fast and so willingly. Maybe we shouldn’t have moved in together before we went on our first date. Maybe we should have given our wounds time to heal before we tore each other to shreds. Maybe we should have never been together. Houston has kept a devastating secret from Rory since the day he took her into his home. But the tragic circumstances that brought them together left wounds too deep to heal. Five years after the breakup, Houston and Rory are thrust together by forces beyond their control. And all the resentments and passion return with more intensity than ever. Once again, Houston is left with a choice between the truth and the only girl he’s ever loved. The Way We Fall is the first book in The Story of Us series, which follows the tumultuous love story of Rory and Houston. The sequel, The Way We Break, will be released Spring 2015.
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand

Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand
Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.78 of 5 stars
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Page Count: about 200 (there was no page count on Goodreads >.<)

Synopsis:

Protect. Obey. Sacrifice.

These words are the mantra of my existence. I’m not sure if it’s TitusRogen inspiring my desire to go against what I am or my own DNA deviating. All I can think is how Titus will look when he meets his end. It trumps even my wish for freedom. In this moment, I want nothing more than to watch the life bleed from Titus’s body. And I want it at my own hands.

Titus. The Creator.

I stare at my palms. Strength aside, I wonder if I’m capable of taking a life. A human life; one with a soul. And I wonder if that isn’t easier than taking the life of an Imitation. At least humans have souls that live on. What do I have after this? Where will I go? Back into a syringe? Will Titus recycle me? Or will I be lost forever down a lab drain?

We don’t deserve that.

We don’t deserve him.

Deserving and receiving are so very different here. And I am beginning to understand, to beat someone in this world, I‘ll have to play in it.

**I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley for an honest review**

Deviation is the second book in the Clone Chronicals by Heather Hildenbrand. I thouroughly enjoyed the first book of this series, but unfortuantely, Deviaition was lacking compared to Imitation.

There wasn't enough action for me. The beginning started off slow and I found myself skimming the book without actually gaining any information from it. I felt that Ven wasn't as...exuberant? Is that the word I'm looking for? Or...confident? I don't know. Just something about her character seemed off and less heroine like than like she was in the first book.

I just felt that the book was lacking something the first one had. There wasn't that immediate grab I was hoping for like I had with Imitation and it disappointed me. I think that's the main reason I didn't focus fully on this one, because from the very beginning I knew I wouldn't like it. It could also be that I let other reviews on Goodreads influence what I thought the book was going to be like, but I think that I still would have this opinion of it regardless of that fact.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #2


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week I'm waiting on The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?


Why I'm Waiting:
I've been seeing so many ARCs of this book circulating and I'm uber jealous of everyone who got a copy! I normally don't anxiously await fantasy books because I can't really get into a lot of the castle and king type of setting but this one has really caught my eye and I NEED IT!! It looks so good!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Deceived by L. A. Starkey

Deceived by L. A. Starkey
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.27 of 5 stars
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
Page Count: 505

Synopsis:

They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?


The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.


But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose? 


What if your choices had eternal ramification?


**I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review**


Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what's to come.


Alright so this one was another Greek mythology based book! I absolutely love Greek mythology. I think it's really interesting and I usually gravitate towards these types of books...however...this one just did not entertain me at all.


The dialogue and the writing in general was just forced. I cannot fathom how anyone would think that this is how people act or think. Just the characters inner thoughts pissed me off! And everyone was just so damn doubting! I mean I totally get thinking something isn't real because of how impossible it seems, but the characters saw things with their own eyes. There was no possible way the things that happened would cause me to continue to doubt everything. *shakes head*


Samantha was probably the most annoying main character I have read about...ever. And I have read about quite a few annoying characters. 


Nothing about this book was appealing to me. I just couldn't do it. Every time I picked I opened the app on my phone I wanted to scream at the characters for being so stupid. 


But obviously there are people who did enjoy this book because the average rating was 4 stars so don't let my opinion stop you from giving it a try, but don't say I didn't warn you :3



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Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank

Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank

Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.75 of 5 stars
My Rating: DNF 
Page Count: 352

Synopsis:
From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes the scorching hot first book in a thrilling new series featuring four warrior brothers who have the power—and the curse—of immortality.
 
For centuries, Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope—until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment—if he’ll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods.

Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda—heir to the throne of Hexis—and his thoughts quickly turn from the conquest of cities to the conquest of this headstrong beauty. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters into another bargain: If she will share her bed—and her body—with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces within and without. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all—even the wrath of the Goddess of Conflict—for a chance to make Selinda his forever.

**I received an eARC copy via Edelweiss**

When I first requested this book, it looked so good! It was about the Gods and I always love those kinds of books, but what I didn't realise was that the Gods in this book only mimicked the Greek gods. That wasn't the problem with this book though...

From the very beginning, the writing bothered me. I can pinpoint exactly what it was because it wasn't like the structure was bad or the word choices were bad, it was just that it sounded like an amateur was writing it. Too many things were described in too much detail (I never thought detail wokld turn me off a book) and it was also in third person. Third person books aren't really my thing unless the book is like fantastic or something.

I only made it to about chapter 5 before I decided I couldn't do it. I have many books I need to read this year and I couldn't spend my time on a book I knew I wouldn't like if I continued to read it. The characters were kind of dull and the dialogue seemed forced and slightly unrealistic. It just wasn't the book for me /: and I was really excited to read it



The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF: Designated Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.93 of 5 stars
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Page Count: 280

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

As y'all know, The DUFF has recently become a major motion picture. I never really considered reading this book before the movie came out since I had heard quite a few negative things about it, but when I saw the commercials I figured, why not? The movie looks decent so the book can't be that bad, can it?

Well let me tell you. The movie is going to be absolutely nothing like the book. I was thinking that the book would be about Wesley helping Bianca overcome her "duff" status, but no. It focuses on their secret relationship and Bianca's problems at home. There isn't even that much mention of the "duff" besides the times that Wesley calls her duffy and the times that she lets what he said when he first met her affect her.

Now this book also had one of my favorite love stories in it, the hate to love, but the characters just ruined it for me. Bianca was annoying and so very very bad at communicating with people and she kind of turned into a bitch. Wesley was okay though. He was a nice guy beneath that man-slut exterior and a lot of the time he had me smiling and liking him.

Casey was the badass of the book. I think it would be cool to get a story from her point of view because she really was pretty cool. And Jessica. Bianca and Casey's other friend, she was okay but sometimes I found her innocence to be rather annoying.

And Toby! Oh gosh, that kid may have been the sweetest guy ever but he annoyed me!! His looks we just...ugh (not that looks are everything), and he was just so freaking awkward! I don't even know how Bianca liked him for so long. Even the way she described him had me instantly disliking him. It's not like he didn't have great qualities but I just knew that he wasn't the best person for Bianca and that he shouldn't have even been included. This was one of the love triangles that was completely unnecessary.

I do look forward to see what they change in the movie though, maybe I'll like it more than the book

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Changing Everything by Molly McAdams

Changing Everything by Molly McAdams
Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.57 of 5 stars
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Page Count: 112

Synopsis:

Paisley Morro has been in love with Eli since they were thirteen-years-old. But after twelve years of only being his best friend and wingman, the heartache that comes from watching him with countless other women becomes too much, and Paisley decides its time to lay all her feelings on the table.

Eli Jenkins has a life most guys would kill for: Dream job, countless women, and his best friend, Paisley, to be the girl he can always count on for everything else. But one conversation not only changes everything between them, it threatens to make him lose the only girl who has ever meant anything to him.

When tragedy strikes his family and Eli is forced to reevaluate his life, he realizes a life without Paisley isn’t a life at all. Only now, he may be too late.

**I received an eARC of this book via Edelweiss for an honest review**

Hmm...where to start with this one...Ah I know!

As I said in my Top Ten Tuesday Post, I love when best friends fall in love with each other. I think that was the main thing I liked about this book. I haven't read many books lately with this type of love story and it was a nice change from all the love triangle crap I've been dealing with lately in all of my books.

What I didn't really like about this was that Paisley was kind of...spineless. She wouldn't tell Eli how she really felt until she had met someone else. I feel like that was sort of selfish of her. She barely gave Eli time to process what she said before she was moving on to someone else. I mean come on! She dropped a freaking bomb on him! What do you expect his answer is going to be?

And can I just say that reading a book with a character that has the same last name as me is rather strange. I mean, having a main character have the same name as me is even weirder because of the rarity of my name, but it's also weird for last names. I just think it's funny xD

But back to the actual plot of the book. Once Eli and Paisley got together, I realised that most of the book was sex and there wasn't much else to the story line. It made it kind of unappealing to read, but I pushed through since it didn't take me that long to finish it.

So overall I only gave it 3 stars because while it wasn't bad, I just felt that, even as a novella, it could have been better.

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