Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #36


This is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

To participate you:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
  • (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) * Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teasers
"Kal...?" Caben breathers my name near my cheek, drawing me back to the now. "Are you here with me?" His arms loosen their tight embrace, but don't release me completely.
You guys!!!! All I'm saying is: I can't wait to share my review with you! This. Book. Is. Made. Of. Awesomeness.

~ 46% of Of Silver and Beasts by Trisha Wolfe

Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published: September 18th 2012
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For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of theShiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Maggie Stiefvater is made of something else entirely, I tell you! I have never been a fan of wolf books, but somehow she made me fell in love with her wolves that were so natural, organic and it was a completely different take on these creatures. Well, ladies and gents, she slams again with another magical story filled with Celtic myths, passion, destiny and secrets. It’s completely unique and fascinating to its core and it’s bound to make you wholeheartedly invested in the story.

“She wasn't interested in telling other people's futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

As always, it takes time to adjust to Maggie’s lyrical writing which, in all honesty, is indeed magical and also kinda fairy tale-ish. Moreover, Maggie’s books and world building are always full of fantasy, but they feel so real and truthful that it’s easy to connect with the characters and find something relatable in all of them. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to get used to different 3rd person POV-s, but it paid off and it felt to me as if I was one step ahead of our gang, but I could still be taken aback by some of the surprises.

The romance definitely takes the backseat in this story, but its presence is always there and sometimes it’s so close you can almost taste it, but not quite. The characters and their personalities add spice to an otherwise just adventurous and mysterious story. By the end I was so fascinated and caught up in the story that I was sad to see that I had reached the acknowledgements. There were two things that somewhat bothered me: 1st –  I would have loved to see more of the dynamics between the boys. I adored every single one of them in my own way and their interactions, history and relationships were really the heart of the book; 2nd – the action and the real quest to find the source of Gansey's obsession could have begun sooner.

In a nutshell, Maggie Stiefvater, you are made of magic and evil! I adored this book, but THAT cliff hanger? I want the sequel now! I knew I should have put reading The Raven Boys off as long as possible;) Oh well.. Dear September 5th – I’m waiting for you! I think there’s so much more to explore and the bomb that was revealed an the end? Yes, yes, yes! That’s all I have to say. Oh, and team Gansey, too:) *blushes*


Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Book Haul #17

Haven't done one in a while and since I've gotten a lot of books, I've divided the physical ones into to parts and I'll feature the first one this week. As always, if you've read any of these books, let me know in the comments. Life is short and I only want to read awesome books so if you loved/hated some of them, name 'em and I'll rearrange my TBR shelf accordingly. Don't forget to leave me your link in the comments so I can visit you back :)

Physical Books


ATTENTION: DO NOT SPOIL SOUL SCREAMERS FOR ME, PLEASE! I HAVEN'T READ PAST THIRD BOOK YET LOL

For review



Rules of Entanglement (Fighting for Love #2) by Gina L. Maxwell (currently reading)
Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun
Of Silver and Beasts (Goddess Wars #1) by Trisha Wolfe (read, review soon)


True by Erin McCarthy
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick


Won or gifted


Bitter Angel by Megan Hand

I was lucky enough to won a copy of Bitter Angel by Megan Hand via Amy at Book Loving Mom. Thank you, girls! What a pretty cover it has! And the synopsis sounds so cool!! Can't. Wait. To. Read. This. Pretty.

Also, thank you to Entangled, Penguin, Trisha Wolfe, Scholastic and Harlequin UK.


What did you get this week? Leave your links below and I'll check out your goodies :)

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by The Mod Podge Bookshelf and Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review: Broken and Screwed by Tijan

Title: Broken and Screwed (Broken and Screwed #1)
Author: Tijan
Published: February 7th 2012
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Alexandra's older brother died the night he graduated. That day changed everything for her. No longer was she the party girl. No longer did she care about being popular and no longer was her family the happy unit she always thought existed. The only person who could help her heal is the same person who loved her brother as much as she did, his best friend. She only hopes to keep her entire heart from breaking when Jesse will move on, and she knows he will.

After Ethan died, Jesse excelled at basketball, partying, and girls. He used it all to turn his emotions off, but the irony was that Alex was the only person who could do that for him. She helped him forget, but she was the one person he shouldn't be with because the secrets he knows could shatter everything. They could shatter her.


Allrightyyyy. I didn’t know much of this book before going into it. I know I loved the sound of it when I first read the blurb and that cover is really beautiful so I thought 'why not give it a chance'. It was a hot mess, but I enjoyed it. I didn’t agree with all of these plot twists, relationships or decisions, but I did very much enjoy it indeed. 

 "I thought it stopped with you guys. He's going to destroy you. Don't you see that? Can't you stop it?"

Broken and Screwed (not a fan of that title) is about Alex and Jesse. And Ethan. Ethan is dead, but his presence is everywhere around the book and it all surrounds and involves him. Always him. Ethan died in a car crash and he was Alex’s brother as well as Jesse’s best friend. These two are like strangers now and they only get together when it’s a big date in relevance to Ethan – funeral, birthday – you name it. Being together eases the never-ending pain. Alex loves him, but she may as well torture herself, because it’s obvious he doesn’t feel the same.

I found Alex to be somewhat a pushover, but I can forgive her because she has lost her whole family. Her parents don’t even acknowledge her, her brother is dead, her friends are a bunch of lunatics. I know Angie was definitely a better friend than that bitch Marissa, but Angie stuck her nose in everyone’s business and that just put me off. As for Jesse, I liked him. I know it’s wrong and even though I found his and Alex’s relationship completely unhealthy, I do think he loves her. I hope he does.

It was a messed up book in the sense that I found the relationship between Alex and Jesse to be unhealthy, Alex’s friends to be selfish and her parents – I don’t even have the ability to say what they are. They’re some of the worst parents to have ever been mentioned anywhere. I’m not kidding! Even though my heart aches, I am stunned that I actually liked this book. It isn’t an international bestseller material, I think, but it was emotional and dealt with some heavy issues that are worth more exploring and I can’t wait to have my unanswered questions to be answered in August.

As for my rating, I want to give it a four, but I can’t. It was such an unhealthy relationship and the storylines were a little too all over the place. Nevertheless, I liked the pain and emotions so I’ll go with a three.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Interview: Jenny from Supernatural Snark

When I first started blogging, I remember looking up to Valerie from Stuck in Books, Mollie from Tough Critic Book Reviews, Tara from Tater's Tall Tails and many others. Jenny from Supernatural Snark was one of the people whom I looked up to. She manages her blog so well and in addition to writing great reviews and being the Master of Interviews, she is also a really great person and fun to talk to. Of course it was my honour to interview this friendly girl who always makes me laugh and smile with her comments. In this interview you'll learn why she decided to start blogging, how she deals with negative reviews and reading slumps AND which characters Jenny would love to trade places with ;-) Ladies and gents, I give you Jenny :)

Q: How, when and why did you start blogging?
A: I started blogging in June of 2010, so I’m going on three years now. I’d been reading like a crazy person for about a year before I started the blog, relying heavily on blogs I’d found for recommendations, so I thought why not give starting my own blog a try? I know how much I valued the opinions of the bloggers I’d been visiting daily, so I really liked the idea of turning new readers onto books I loved.

Q: How has being a blogger changed your outlook on books? 
A: Blogging has absolutely changed the way I read books! I don’t think it’s a conscious thing necessarily, but I definitely read review books more critically because I know I’m going to have to write about what worked for me and what didn’t when it’s all over. With “fun” books, I just sit back and enjoy the ride without making a mental note of any flaws or moments of brillianceJ

Q: How do you prepare for writing a review?
A: I actually don’t really prepare at all. I know I said I read review books differently, and I do, those differences just don’t manifest themselves in the form of anything in particular. I don’t take notes, I don’t highlight favorite quotes or mark important passages, I just sort of read more carefully and commit certain feelings I experience while reading to memory so I can put them on paper later. Every once in a while something will jump out at me and I’ll jot it down, but that’s usually pretty rare. I’m a boring reader!

We’re so different here. I always highlight and bookmark my favorite parts/quotes when reading an ebook, but not so much with physical ones. I try to write a summary of my thoughts in a journal my friend bought me for my 20th birthday :-) It’s a cute one with a butterfly on it and it’d be shame not to use it. I write about 5-10 reviews at a time and sometimes it’s hard to remember what my exact thoughts were so yeah.. I do prepare a little ;-)

Q: Sometimes I have these huge reading slumps, e.g. I can read for two weeks straight and then it may be hard for me to pick something up or even find something original, compelling and intriguing to read for a week after or even longer. Do you have reading slumps and how do you cope with them?
A: Oh yes. The longer I continue to blog, the more frequently the slumps and funks seem to come. I think it’s pretty par for the course when you read 4-5 books a week every week though, you’re bound to burn yourself out eventually. Usually when this happens to me I step away from my review pile and read several books in a row just for pure enjoyment. No pressure to have an opinion at the ready. No blank Word document staring me in the face. No reading schedule, just me, the story, and the characters.
Personally, it’s usually not so much that I don’t want to read the books in my TBR pile, but more that I don’t want to write the reviews for them. I’d say I get tired of writing reviews way more often than I do of actually reading the books, but they pretty much go hand in hand with a book review blogJ

Q: If you could change places with a character from any book just for a day, who would it be and why?
A: Oh man. Busting out the hard questions now aren’t you? I read both YA books and adult, so I’m going to split this into two separate answers:
YA – I would switch places with a pair of Anna’s I think. Send me into Sweet Evil so I can get my hands on Kaidan Rowe, and then I’d also like to vacation in Anna and the French Kiss with Etienne. This way I’ll have a bad boy and a good boy to keep me entertained ;-)
Adult – I would switch places with Mac from the Fever series in a heartbeat. Yes, her world is brutal and dark and painful, but she has Jericho Barrons. That’s all that needs to be said really.

Haven’t read Fever yet :-( but I’d loooooveee to! Oh, man! I’d change places with Anna from Sweet Evil any time, just tell me when and where and I’ll be there. Anything for Kaidan Rowe ;)

Q: If you could re-write an ending of any book then which book would you choose and why?
A: I don’t have any one book specifically that comes to mind, but in general, I would rewrite the endings of books that are left wide open. I’m a reader that likes all her questions answered and all the details of what the future holds for the characters in place by the time I reach the last page of the last book in a series, and when we’re left to fend for ourselves a bit and fill in the blanks, I get really frustrated.

Me, too! Me, too!! *waves hands frantically*

Q: I know we can’t always give a raving review to every book out there, so my question is how do you deal with negative reviews? Do you feel especially bad if it’s a favorite author of yours?
A: Luckily, I haven’t run into the situation where I’ve greatly disliked a book by a favorite author, but I know if I did, I would definitely feel guilty despite knowing there’s nothing to feel guilty about. I do post negative reviews, but I always start out the review by listing the things that worked for me, and then conclude with what, specifically, bothered me about the story or characters. We all have different things that hit our hot buttons or make us happy, so I try to go into detail in a negative review about what exactly the problems were for me in particular, because those same things may not be problematic for someone else.

Q: I find the posts where you post about interactions with your husband so hilarious and I wonder how he tolerates your addiction to books. Is he supportive? How does he treat your book boyfriends? I know Cassandra Clare’s husband e.g. has nothing against her obsession with Mr. Robert Downey Jr. and is rather hilarious about it actually.
A: Thank you! Yes, he is extremely supportive in an “I don’t really care what you do as long as you’re happy, but tell me about it as little as possible” type of way. The latter part of that statement never works out for him though. I feel it necessary to run things by him ALL THE TIME, but he’s become mostly immune to my general ridiculousness. Secretly, I think I amuse him, though he would never admit it out loud ;-)

Q:If you were to be out of civilization for let’s say two weeks, which would be the five books you would take with you? (There are requirements, though, so don’t think you’re getting off the hook that easily ;) One of them has to be: 1) fantasy; 2) contemporary; 3) adult; 4) smexy; 5) a favorite book of all time.)
A: I’m not a huge fantasy reader, so this one is tricky. I’m going to say Graceling by Kristin Cashore simply because I haven’t read it yet, and if I’m going to be all by my lonesome away from people I should take along something new to read, right? Right.
Pushing the Limits/Dare You To – LOVE Katie McGarry
The entirety of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and the Fever series. Brothers + Barrons = I’M NEVER RETURNING TO CIVILIZATION.
See above, the Brothers and Barrons (and Ryodan!) deserve multiple spots on this list.
I can’t even. I LOVE ALL THE BOOKS!

Q:Where can we find you when you are not reading or blogging?
A: Working. I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home, something that allows me a little more flexibility when it comes to reading and blogging. It’s nice during my slow months (I design wedding stationery, so my work is highly seasonal) to be able to get ahead on reviews so when my busy months hit I don’t fall behind on the blog.



This or that

Black or white? Black
Salsa or tango? Neither, I’m rhythmically challenged.
Summer or winter? Winter
Roses or tulips? Roses
Phone call or in person? In person
Mountains or oceans? Mountains
Reading or blogging? Reading
A hero or a villain? A deliciously damaged hero
Fantasy or contemporary? Um. Paranormal?
New adult or young adult? Both

Meet Jenny

That's me. And Griffin. I'm a graphic designer and wedding stationer who runs a business from home creating custom wedding invitations for brides who want something unique to them. I also happen to be a severe book addict. It's a good thing I work for myself as there is many a night I stay up way too late devouring books and, as a result, sometimes I don't always wake up at a work-appropriate hour the next morning. Oops.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #35


This is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

To participate you:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
  • (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) * Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teasers

He made a decision then and there that his goal for the next few days would be to figure out that list of rules and make her break as many of them as possible. She was strung too damn tight, and he was taking it upon himself to chill her the fuck out.
Set in Hawaii? A stressed and I-always-follow-my-seven-rules woman? A MMA fighter with a sexy attitude and a big, romantic heart? Oh, yeah! This is bound to be a sexy ride of seven delicious days.

~ 29% of Rules of Entanglement by Gina L. Maxwell

Monday, April 22, 2013

Excerpt and Giveaway: Th Space Between by Victoria H. Smith

Title: The Space Between
Author: Victoria H. Smith
Release date: April 2, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
Purchase: Amazon | Goodreads
When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.
Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.
Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.
The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.

Excerpt

“I think,” he said, gazing up from his watch, “I’m going to ask you out now. We’ve been chatting for a few minutes. Seems safe.”
The feeling let up instantly, and I chuckled. “You don’t even know my name. Nor do I know yours.”
He pulled me toward him by my elbow. “Exactly why we need more time to discuss such matters.”
He tugged me so close I was able to rest my hand on his chest. He was firm, really firm.
“What do you say?”
Forcing my focus off the hard panes of his body, I met his eyes. “I think that can be arranged.”
“Good.” He slid his hand up to my forearm. “Now that’s settled, I have to get something else out of the way. It’s been bugging me our entire chat, and I need to fix it.”
“What?”
He watched his own hand as it ventured to my neck. His fingers played with the baby curls at the base of my scalp. “Dates take planning. Time. And I can’t wait even twenty-four hours, hell, the next minute, to fix the problem that’s been bugging me.”
“What’s been bugging you? Can I help you fix it?” I asked, watching his lips draw in close.
When he gave a half-smile, his lips parted. The action exposed his tongue, and sent my body swimming in heat. “I think you can, angel of song.”

About the Author

Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.
In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Published: October 23rd 2012
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Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past. She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head. They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets. She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next? 

I am speechless.  A good speechless I think. I have so many questions. Huh? What? Why? How? Where? When? Who? I don’t think I can wrap my head around everything that happened right this very moment, because so many things happened and I need time to figure out what exactly happened and how I feel about it.




“Everyone is a little crazy. The only difference between us and them is that they hide it better.”


The Evolution of Mara Dyer is even more twisted than the first book. I found myself tiptoeing around every incidence, because since we know Mara isn’t a reliable source of information nor are her thoughts unbiased, I didn’t know if any of it was real or not. It was so hard to trust Mara and her actions. I also became to doubt Noah and his sanity. Oh, and those help me help me help me writings were creepy. So was practically everything else in this book. I know, I’m a baby when it comes to this, because I’m afraid of everything, but it was freaky: the birds, the cats, that doll – yuck.

Okay, so you know that surprise which was at the very end on that video? I had a feeling that one was bad news, but I didn't know how it all fits into this enormous puzzle. I’m glad that some of my questions were answered, but when they did, the more questions I had. This book seemed to have a Pretty Little Liars syndrome. Oh, by the way, if I may ask, who else was freaked out by Phoebe? She was a nutcase. As for predictability, I am used to having theories, but I didn’t have that many with this book and it was surprisingly awesome to be clueless.

I didn’t necessarily love this book, but I really, really enjoyed it and it was a nice distraction from my uncooperative PC which was basically driving me nuts for two days and still does. I want my questions answered and that mind-fuckery solved. Why is the third book so far away? I need it bad. This wait is going to be painful. All I can say based on that ending is: “you get ‘em, Tiger!”



I love the trailers for this series! They're so pretty and for a change the actors aren't that bad actually. + the music in this one? Mmmmmm!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Movie Review: The Host

Trailer. I have not read the book. I tried to when it was first published - I borrowed it from a library and read about three pages and then closed it. It was so weird. I want to read it now though. When I saw the trailer for this book I knew I'd love to have to see the movie. Max Irons? Heck yes!! Plus that girl from My Lovely Bones? Uh-uh! So many other great actors and it really seemed like a thrilling story. It was, until.. It wasn't.

The beginning was really, really good. The part where Melanie started talking (the mirror scene) scared me so much that I flinched. The parts where they were chasing someone or running away - those were awesome! The rest? Not so much. I think the romance ruined it for me. That weird love foursome and those cheesy talks about love - they all felt so rushed and random. It's a really long book so I'm not surprised that the movie couldn't entertain me as much as I hoped it would, hence the wanting to read the book now. Or at least wanting to give it a try.

I think Saoirse Ronan did a fantastic job as Melinda/Wanda. Her brother in the movie was really good and their bond was the most believable. Yes, Max Irons is hot and I wish we could have heard his accent more than on a few occasions when he slipped with his American accent, but that's okay. He doesn't hurt one's eyes not one bit;) His character felt a little off to me though. Moreover, as I said, the love square felt rushed. It was so weird, awkward and uncomfortable that I felt uncomfortable watching it.

The movie felt so random at times, but did I like it? Um.. Hard to say, I guess I did, but I won't watch it again, that's for sure. It's a see-it-once kinda film and nothing extra special really happens. I want to know and experience more than I got so I'm going to find myself a copy of The Host and we'll see how I'll feel about that. I hope you'll enjoy the movie more than I did.

P.S. THE BEST PART OF THE MOVIE? IMAGINE DRAGONS AS ONE OF THE SOUNDTRACK BANDS. YES, YES, YES!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Happy Birthday, Abbi!!!


I just got back from the oldest and one of the biggest bakery and confectioner firms in Estonia. I went there to talk about me possibly being a trainee there which we have to do for Uni. Oh, if you didn't know, I'm studying Food Technology and Product Engineering:) Anyhow, right now I'm exhausted and I'm eating nuts and drinking a smoothie and wondering what to write for Abbi. You know.. It's really, really sunny and warm outside today and I feel good. It's kind of what Abbi's books do to you: after a long day at work/school/anywhere you come home exhausted and feel the need to pick up a book and you can always count on picking up something by Ms. Abbi Glines because her books make you feel warm and fuzzy inside; bubbly and good. OH, and don't forget the endless butterflies from some of my favorite YA/NA boys like Preston, Cage, Marcus and Beau.

I discovered Abbi's books about a year and a half ago which is when The Vincent Boys was published. It's funny because I'm not usually that big of a fan of country boys, but these Southern guys just make me drool all over myself. Okay, it's not that bad. Is it? I hope not. Okay, awkward. Anywayyyyy.. My point is: her books are hot, fun and emotional and if you haven't read 'em so far, then know that this is me giving her books a thumbs up!

For her birthday today, I'll give you some excerpts and if you've read any of her books, guess which one of the boys I'm quoting and if you haven't read them, then the right answers are below and if this swoon-worthy guy seems like the one for you, then pick his book up and read his story:) Okay, ready? Set. Go!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Review: Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder and Fighting for Flight by JB Salsbury

Title: Falling Into You
Author: Jasinda Wilder
Published: March 16th 2013
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I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way. Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him. Colton didn't teach me how to live. He didn't heal the pain. He didn't make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.
It was a good thing I didn’t know what to expect. Falling Into You started out sweet and innocent and even though we know from the blurb what’s coming, it still took me by surprise. The brutal way of it just… was a shock for me. It was sad, let’s be honest here. I really liked Colton as a character and his mature personality. About 60-70% through I got tired and just wanted to be done with it. The beginning was a delicious 4 for me, but then it fell apart and it was somewhere between 2 or 3 hence the rating.

PS. Wut? I just now saw that this is the first book in a series which it wasn't when I read it. Oh, dear... Looks like my sarc13 challenge is not doable. I mean, every other book is being turned into a series. Ugh..

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Title: Fighting for Flight (Fighting #1)
Author: JB Salsbury
Published: February 25th 2013
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What happens when in order to win, you’re forced to lose? The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she’s content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows, and more than she expects. Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy Jonah Slade. Weeks away from his title fight, Jonah is determined to stay focused on everything he’s trained so hard to achieve. Undefeated in the octagon, he’s at the height of his career. But resisting Raven’s effortless allure and uncomplicated nature is a fight he can’t win. Will the hotheaded Jonah be able to restrain his inner fighter to save the woman he loves? Or will Raven be forced into a life she’s been desperate to avoid?
Again – the beginning was really, really good and captivating. Slasbury has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are in the story rather than watching it form aside. I felt the sun on my skin and the good atmosphere at that barbeque party, for instance. But then it turned out to be the same old, same old. Raven was cool with her boyish occupation and love for VS laundry and old cars. Jonah was hot and if you like a guy that makes your blood boil in a good way, than by any means, pick this up. The plot moved on quickly, but I found it too long. This book could have ended way sooner.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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Friday, April 12, 2013

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Excerpt and Giveaway: Damaged by H.M. Ward

Title: Damaged
Author: H.M. Ward
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press
Release date: April 6, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
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A new adult romance novel by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author H.M. Ward Life sucks. And, as soon as Sidney picks up the pieces something always knocks her back onto her butt. It's never pretty, but this time is different. This time pretty isn't even the right word.
Peter is the personification of perfection. It's like he fell off his angel perch in purgatory, because let's face it--any guy that hot has got to be naughty. He was probably sent here to ruin her life.
 Peter is beyond beautiful with his sexy blue eyes, dark hair, and toned body. Add in his charming wit and Peter is everything Sidney ever wanted in a man, but when things get hot and heavy Peter shows her the door. Sidney takes the walk of shame and leaves. It's the end of the worst blind date ever. Her life couldn't possibly reach higher levels of suckage, but it does.
The next morning everything comes crashing down. The insanely hot guy from last night, the one that saw her half naked, is teaching at the front of the class room.
I like that it sounds like Losing It which I absolutely adored. I love me a fabulous NA novel and this one sounds promising. Do I even need to mention that cover? Hehe;)

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NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling author H.M. Ward is a native New Yorker living in Texas. Ward was featured in the Washington Post for her debut novel Demon Kissed. Romance series by H.M. Ward include Secrets, Scandalous, The Arrangement, and The Secret Life of Trystan Scott.

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The excerpts

Today I have two little excerpts for you and below is the giveaway:) They're cute and funny!

#1
Last time she tried to set me up, I ended up on a date with a twitchy klepto. Let’s just say things didn’t go well. He picked up everything, except the check. The time before that was equally horrifying. I missed some verbal cue and the guy ended the night with a face full of pepper spray.

#2
I stand there for a moment, not knowing if I’ve been stood up, when I feel the hairs on my neck prickle. Someone is looking at me. I feel the gaze on the back of my neck. I turn slowly and scan the room. A set of eyes, as blue as gemstones, gleam back at me. My stomach flutters. Oh, holy hell, he’s hot. I walk slowly towards his table, my heart banging against my ribs.

And, and, and, I'm sure you want to win something, right? There are two giveaways: the first one is INTL, second is for US only. Be sure to participate both of them if you can, the prize is worth the effort:) Good luck, lovelies!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Title: Unerathly (Unearthly #1)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Published: January 4th 2011
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Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?


It’s weird, because I started this book right after I finished Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick. I’m not afraid to admit that I am a fan of the Hush Hush Saga and it’s probably my favorite angel themed series to date. I had heard so many great things about Unearthly series though that I was really hesitant to give it a try. Since everyone was reading the last book already, I felt like I needed to finally start this one and I was actually pleasantly surprised.

“So often we only do what we think is expected of us, when we are capable of so much more.” 

General impressions. That clipped writing was so out of this world at the beginning. I didn’t think I was going to get adjusted to it, but the more I read, the less it bothered me and soon I didn’t even notice it. It took a lot of time to adjust to though. The world building was fascinating, but I wanted more. I believe there is more to discover when it comes to these Black Wings, rules, purpose etc. – it was original, but a little underdeveloped, in my opinion. Am I the only one who felt like this?

Relationships. Of course I had heard of Tucker and Christian. I knew who they were before I went into this series so that supposedly huge reveal was no surprise for me. What was unexpected though, was that I became a proud member of team Tucker. I was certain I’d love a mysterious hot guy with dark hair rather than a sarcastic, adorable and gentlemanly sweet cowboy, but it was completely the opposite. I wanted to like Christian so bad, but Tucker just sneaked his way into my fist sized heart and took a permanent residence in it. I’m sure it won’t be as easy for Clara to make a choice between destiny and love as the series progresses.

If I compare Clara’s friends, then I must say that Angela was a little too chaotic for my taste. She was all over the place and too pushy. I do understand what Clara sees in her and why they’re friends. I also get why Clara wants to be friends with Wendy – she gives her a sense of normality, a satisfying sense of belonging for the human part of her. I feel that there is more to Clara’s Mom, her purpose and existence. I hope we get to see Sam’s connection and the reason for his fascination with her. I really enjoyed Jeffery’s character – I’d be happy to see a little more of him.

All in all, even though I was reluctant at first to give this series a try, I’m glad I did because the rocky start aside, it was a great start to a series and I am eagerly looking forward to finding out what’s next to come for Clara, Tucker and Christian. I’m sure it won’t be easy to make decisions between want and need, right and wrong. I hope I will have the answers to my questions about this fascinating world of angels and hopefully Clara won’t become one of these annoying characters who run back and forth between two guys. *fingers crossed*

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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