Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Ricochet by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Title: Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Author: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Published: August 1st 2013
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As a sex addict, Lily Calloway must do the impossible. Stay celibate for 90 days.
Cravings and fantasies become her new routine, but while Loren Hale recovers from his alcohol addiction, Lily wonders if he’ll realize what a monster she really is. After all, her sexual compulsions begin to rule her life the longer she stays faithful to him.
Progress. That’s what Lily’s striving for. But by trying to become closer to her family—people who aren’t aware of her addiction—she creates larger obstacles. When she spends time with her youngest sister, she learns more about her than she ever imagined and senses an unsettling connection between Daisy and Ryke Meadows.
With Lily and Lo’s dysfunctional relationship teetering and unbalanced, they will need to find a way to reconnect from miles apart. But the inability to “touch” proves to be one of the hardest tests on their road to recovery. Some love brushes the surface. Some love is deeper than skin.
Lily and Lo have three months to discover just how deep their love really goes.

I’m not quite sure why I didn’t read this right when I got it on Amazon after it first came out August 2013. By now I’m sure almost all of you know about my obsession with this series—I absolutely love it to pieces; to the tiniest details. It’s such a quirky, emotional and well-crafted story about two addicts fighting for not only their own health and well-being, but for each other as well. It’s inspiring!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Review: Coming Home by Priscilla Glenn

Title: Coming Home
Author: Priscilla Glenn
Published: January 19th 2014
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Leah Marino hasn’t been on a date in two years. After discovering the man she loved had manipulated and deceived her, she refuses to even entertain the idea of a relationship. Instead, she focuses her attention on taking care of her family, a role she’s assumed since the death of her mother and the one place she knows her kindness won't be taken advantage of again.
When a nostalgic trip back to her childhood home results in a chance encounter with Danny DeLuca, a smart-mouthed mechanic who’s as attractive as he is mysterious, Leah's carefully cultivated walls begin to crumble. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Danny, despite his unreliable behavior and mixed signals.
But Danny has a secret...
One that could shake Leah's already precarious foundation and bring her world crashing down around her. Suddenly, she's faced with an incredibly difficult decision--is she willing to risk everything for the chance at finding the love she's always wanted? Or are some obstacles just too big for the heart to overcome?

Priscilla Glenn is a fantastic author and don’t let this review tell you otherwise, okay? Because there will be some ranting, but let me tell you this: BACK TO YOU—Priscilla’s debut novel is one of my absolute favorite novels and Emancipating Andie was a good read as well. So these little occasional, very mild rants that are waiting for you in this review? Don’t take them that seriously ;)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On Making a TBR Jar

Hey, lovelies! Today I wanted to talk about our ever-growing to-be-read lists and how some books, while once very much anticipated, never make it to our hands to be read. I have a ton of unread books on my shelf and even more on my Kindle. You can calle me a "mood reader", because I almost always pick a book based on my mood. Any of you like that? Or do you just read strictly by a schedule you've created for yourselves? What happens when you're in the mood to read something, but cannot choose your next read? That's where a tbr jar comes in to save the day.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Title: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
Author: Robin LaFevers
Published: April 3rd 2012
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Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction. Yeah, I love me a few classics, but mostly I’m just not that interested in historical fiction. That doesn’t mean I don’t love historical fantasy. I had the idea that His Fair Assassin series held a bit more fantasy in it, but the fantasy part wasn’t that big. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy Grave Mercy, quite the opposite: I enjoyed this book a ton!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published: April 24th 2012
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To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.
Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

The Iron Fey series (with the exception of the first book) is one of my favorites. It’s very easy to read, has good humor, fun characters and a magical world. Since I had heard that The Blood of Eden series was completely different from the fey one, I was a little reluctant to start these, not gonna lie. Shouldn’t have doubted Julie Kagawa’s writing abilities though, because this was quite magnificent!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Title: Something Like Normal
Author: Trish Doller
Published: June 19th 2012
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When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

I’ve had this ebook for the longest time and finally picked it up since I was in the mood for a contemporary and people really seem to love this novel. Plus, a standalone? That’s a rarity nowadays. I’m a little confused on how I feel about Something Like Normal, but I’m mostly filled with good emotions when I think back to it. I think…

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #16

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating. Wow, it's been such a long time since I took part in one. The last WoW post on Little Pieces of Imagination was on February 20, 2013 O.o But I love sharing all the excitement and have missed these posts so let's try this again :) This week's pick is a very anticipated YA read that promises to be perfect for a warm summer night.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

Hey there, my lovelies! It's been a while since my last top ten list, but this topic was just perfect to get back on track with these. I'm great at making lists, but awful at following them so if you love something from this list, all the love and promoting goes! I need the extra excitement to follow this list through and to really try and give each one a chance :) If you're not participating on today's TTT, just leave some of your must reads in the comments, perhaps I can cheer you on a little too ;) Anyhow, this list was so hard to make, but I managed to come up with ten and then some, ha. Let's see what I picked, shall we? :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Title: The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)
Author: Samantha Shannon
Published: August 20th 2013
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It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

It’s weird, because on Goodreads there are thousands of reviews for The Bone Season, but I haven’t seen that many around blogosphere. I do of course know about the next JKR praise this book and the young British author have been getting so that alone made me curious. I can tell you that I was impressed with many things, but as a whole this book left me very... unimpressed. Let’s break it down to pieces, shall we?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A Tiny Update and a Big Thank You!

Hey, folks! 

Just a quick update on things. May was an exhausting month since I had exams, finished le thesis (which I handed in yesterday) and managed to read one book. Yay? Probably should have picked a smaller one than Crash Into You, but it was really enjoyable so no regrets. I'll be back here mid-June. Miss blogging as well as commenting. You guys are so inspirational and I can't wait to talk more with you after le thesis has been defended. Been stalking you a little on my feedly feed and saving some posts I'd love to read when I have the time. I did do some blogging in May though: recap of The 100 1x11 is up on Faye's blog and you can see the post here.

Also, thank you so much to everyone who has been rooting for me, talked books, music, tv, movies etc with me on twitter, said they miss my posts or simply said hi just because. ILYSM! <3 Oh, and don't mind the negativity about BEA hauls. If you have one, I'd love to see it :) Stay awesome and see you soon! *hugs*