Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Title: Left Drowning
Author: Jessica Park
Published: July 15th 2013
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What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?
Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

It's been almost a year since I purchased Flat-Out Love in paperback. If a book is sold here, in Estonia, where we have 1.3 mln people and bookstores are the size of a three-room apartment, it's a pretty big deal if your book is being sold here. I saw ONE copy of it in my favorite store I like to go frequently and purchased it right then and there. There was no question if I was going to leave it to someone else. No! I wanted it all to myself. I haven't read it, but I will this winter. I've already written it in my calendar lol. I've read the first four chapters and I found it enjoyable, but it truly felt like a winter read for some reason so I put it on hold. I was expecting lots of awesomeness from Left Drowning and having talked to Jessica on twitter, I felt that this was going to be awesomesauce. Oh well..

“Your parents died. Your world fell apart."
I nod.
He puts his hand on my cheek. "You were left drowning"

The story. We have the same old same old--a broken hero and heroine. It's not another rape story nor is it a 'bad boy redeemed by the good girl'. No, it has its twists and turns which make the plot unique. Blythe is suffering from a heavy weight of guilt--killing her parents, not being able to save them when they died, destroying her brother's career as a soccer player. She's empty, trying to fill herself with numbness by drinking herself to obliviation. One day she meets Sabin who becomes her best friend quite soon. Note that she doesn't have any other friends in the campus before meeting Sabin. Christopher is Sabin's brother and they meet unexpectedly during one morning and form an instant connection. Blythe finds solace in Chris's brothers Eric and Sabin and their sister Estelle. They're all broken to pieces and their friendships starts to heal every single one of them in their own time, however, their suffers are far from over.

My thoughts. Ahhh, this is so hard for me to write. I didn't form any connections with Blythe whatsoever. She wasn't relatable to me and even though I believed her connection with Chris, I didn't feel the love. When they meet, Blythe spills the beans about her guilt in the first 20 minutes. They fit together well, I agree, but that was so soon. They fall in love against all odds, but don't get involved for quite some time. When they finally did, Chris screwed up so big that I became to loathe his character. It isn't a critique to Jessica's writing by any means, it's just something personal towards Chris. I understand his reasons, but my goddddd, he was such a jerk by doing this. Scratch that!! I didn't understand at all. How.. Oh, man! I didn't like the insta-love either. The reason behind their instant connection is explained later on, but it still didn't feel natural to me.

It isn't only about love though. Blythe forms connections to all of Chris's siblings. The stongest connection she had was with Sabin. I didn't like his character. I didn't get his humour, I didn't laugh at any of his jokes and their friendship wasn't that well developed for me. I don't get how they could form such a great friendship without us having seen it. It was too quick just as Blythe's relationship with Chris. There were 4 relationships I enjoyed: Estelle and Blythe, Eric and Blythe, Eric and Zach and, last but definitely not least, James and Blythe. That last one was the reason I kept turning the pages. Blythe and her brother James were the heart of the story for me. I didn't cry a single tear during this read, but I was close to tears when I read about these two. Their story is so raw and the road to healing was painful. I was happy with the way things worked out between them by the end of the book. I had my doubts if they were going to make it okay as being able to be brother and sister one day again and I was glad that they overcame their issues.

Overall, I do think that my disappointment may come down to many things. One of them being hype and the other being expectations. It's not just another broken characters get together story, it's a journey of healing and quite an original take on the shattered pasts. I just wasn't able to form connections with any of the characters and the best part of the story for me was the MC and her brother. I think it would have worked better as a dual point of view because Chris didn't steal my heart and he remained a mystery to me even after all the revelations we got. Perhaps having a look into his mind would have given me some sort of a connection with him. It wasn't a total fail for me and I'm still everexcited to read Flat-Out Love. Jessica is a good writer and in this case I'm pretty sure it was ME, not the book. I advise you still to give it a try and if you want a different opinion, Rachel at The Reader's Den absolutely adored this pretty and her review is gorgeous. Read on, lovelies!

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

International Birthday Giveaway

Guess what? Today, 21 years ago, I was born into this magical world:) I feel so old. Ha! I won't be spending any time on Twitter or visiting your blogs today because I'll be spending the day in Helsinki, Finland with a bunch of close friends. We're going shopping, to the zoo perhaps if the wheather is good and just try to have fun. On Saturday I'll have all my friends over for a BBQ and celebrate turning 21. Since I can't celebrate with all of you lovelies across the world, I'm hosting a giveaway of my favorite books and series to thank you all for making blogging so incredibly awesome and having fun, thorough discussions with me as well as making my days with your comments and tweets. I hope you all have a great day and see you soon:) PS. Please read the rules at the end of the post before entering.


The winner will be able to select one of the books featured above. Please note that I will purchase a paperback version via The Book Depository. Make sure that TBD ships for you. Why a paperback version? Because I'm trying to save some money (without success) and have had to cut my own purchases as well, plus since I'm a college student working part-time and my income isn't that big anyway. If you were to win, you can choose to receive the first book, if not a stand-alone, or another one from that particular series if you've read the first one already, pre-orders are valid as well. If these conditions work for you, feel free to participate and spread the word:)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Hothouse Flower by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Have you guys seen the cover for Krista and Becca's new NA story about Ryke? He's such a cool dude and if you've read Addicted to You, you know all about him already ;) Let's just say that he is a wonderful addition to the cast of these awesome characters and I can't wait to read his story. This is a stand-alone, by the way. And here's the pretty cover and the synopsis:

Title: Hothouse Flowerby
Authors: Krista RitchieBecca Ritchie
Release Date: February 2014
Cover reveal organized by: YA-Bound

Ryke Meadows, meet Daisy Calloway ... she’s all grown up.
Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he’s hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality—he redefines the term likable asshole. But he’s not living to make friends. Or enemies. After months helping his brother through rehab and sobriety, he just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.
And then he receives a distressed call from a girl in Paris—a girl that he has never been allowed to have.
Daisy Calloway is eighteen. Finally. With her newfound independence, she can say goodbye to her overbearing mother and continue her modeling career. Next stop, Paris. Fashion week begins with a bang, and Daisy uncovers the ugly reality of the industry. She wants to prove to her family that she can live on her own, but when everything spirals out of control, she turns to Ryke to keep her secrets.
As Daisy struggles to make sense of this new world and her freedom, she pushes the limits and fearlessly rides the edge. Ryke knows there’s deep hurt beneath every impulsive action. He must keep up with Daisy, and if he lets her go, her favorite motto—“live as if you’ll die today”—may just come true.
Standalone New Adult Romance: recommended for readers 18+ for mature content 

I think that the cover is pretty darn sexy. I don't know if the colours are all what I imagined them to be for Ryke's story, but they don't bother me either. Doesn't the guy remind you a little of that guy who played Allie's other love interest in The Notebook? No? He does to me. What do you guys think of the cover? Are you excited to read this stand alone? Have you already read Addicted to You? Did you enjoy it? 

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Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.
Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time conducting research in a genetics lab. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Review: Facade by Nyrae Dawn

Title: Facade (Games #2)
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Published: July 2nd 2013
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Can love save them?
After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, eighteen-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is all right. Packing up her car, she sets out to find the people her father hurt. Her search leads her to places she’s never been—and into the arms of Adrian Westfall.
To the outside world, Adrian is a sexy, charming ladies’ man. But his playboy persona is just an act. Secretly his soul is tortured by a memory too painful to share. Only Delaney seems to see through his façade to the real man underneath. And for the first time in his life, Adrian feels he can begin to open up about his past.
Together, Adrian and Delaney share a passionate love they never expected to find. Yet both still harbor their own secrets. When the dark truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together—or tear them apart forever?

I remember reading Charade when it has less than a thousand ratings on Goodreads and look where this story has taken itself to! A huge deal with Hachette and mouth-to-mouth word about Nyrae and her talent. I'm so happy for her since she's an incredible author. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read Facade since I've been waiting for this pretty forever. Adrian was one of my favorite characters in book 1 and his story touched me in ways I didn't expect.

“Your heart beats so strong, I feel it against my chest. You make mine want to catch up, to match the rhythm.”

The story. Adrian is the kind of guy who, at first sight, seems careless, a typical party-boy who is always high. We saw that he has a sweet, caring side, but its hidden behind a facade. He carries a secret with him that explains all of his behaviour and this is where Delaney comes into play--she's connected to this crushing secret that's destroying Adrian every day more and more. The thing is thoug, Adrian doesn't know Delaney's involvement and it may very well be the thing that destroys any chance they have as a couple.

My thoughts. Adrian--my poor baby! I loved him so much in Charade and it pained me to see him waste away his life by being high all the darn time. Having these stupid parties and being with girls, but having incredible pain behind his eyes. I loved his bromance with Colt. I had no idea hidden behind his mask was unimaginable pain. I really thought I had it all figured out since Laney tells us her version of the story, but I couldn't have been a bigger fool! It turned out to be bigger than anything I imagined. It broke my heart and ugly-crying was involved in the healing process.

I liked their sweet, light romance which was actually a beginning of a really deep connection neither of them was expecting. I liked how Laney made Adrian work for her attention and time even though she wanted desperately to meet him, tell him how sorry she is for what kind of pain her family has caused him. It broke my heart to watch them open up and make their woonds worse, but I understand that it was necessary in order for them to heal which was beautiful to watch. The thing that maybe bothered me, was that the writing, while strong in general, for me Adrian's point of view was a little too similar to Colt's. It's probably just me though.

However much I loved Adrian's story, I liked Colt and Chey's more and I have to stay true to myself so the rating is as it is. 4 stars doesn't take away the meaning and amazingness that is this story which was absolutely stunning and painful. I know that Nyrae loves happy endings so I had no doubt that Adrian and Delaney would find their way to each other. I advise you to pick up Charade asap and if you've already read it, give Adrian's book a try. It was gorgeously haunting!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Book Haul #23

Haven't done one in ages and I've received quite a bit of books and even some gorgeous swag:) If you've read any of these titles, let me know so I can push them up on my tbr pile and don't forget to leave your links below in the comments so I can visit you back. Have a great weekend, lovelies!

Physical copies

Soul Screamers Volume Three by Rachel Vincent (includes books #5, #6 and Sophie's novella)
Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) by Miranda Kenneally
Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally (read and l-o-v-e-d!!!, review will be up soon)


Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace (arc)
Out of Line by Jen McLaughnlin (arc)

What Endures by Katie Lee (arc)
Ricochet (Addicted to You #1.5) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross

Jordyn by Tiffany King. This was an Amazon freebie. You can find it here. I've been waiting to own this pretty for a long time and I've only heard great things about Tiffany's writing so it was a must 'purchase'.

There were two awesome moments on what seemed to be quite an ordinary day of August. First, I received gorgeous swag from the very talented Elizabeth Norris. I read Unraveling  (my review can be found here) this spring and loved loved loved this book so hard. It was one of these books that I knew I had to have on my shelf as a physical copy as well so I purchased a paperback copy. It arrived way back, but this one book made Elizabeth one of my favorite authors. Since I obviously can't fly across the Atlantic to any of her signings, she kindly provided me with a bookplate. I was wayyyyyyy too happy about it to consider me normal, hehe:) Also, the always wonderful Jasprit from The Reader's Den  sent me a copy of The 5th Wave which I've been pining over ever since these raving reviews started to pop up among blogosphere. She loved it, Rachel, her co-blogger, loved it and everyone loves this book so am I excited? You betcha ;)

HUGE thanks and hugs to Elizabeth Norris and Jasprit, also, big thanks to Flux, Julie Patra publishing, Jen McLaughlin, Inksplinger PR, Katie Lee and Netgalley.

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, August 22, 2013

Review: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

Title: Bloodrose (Nightshade #3)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Published: January 3rd 2012
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Calla has always welcomed war.

But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.

I was a little reluctant to read Bloodrose since I really enjoyed Nightshade, but Wolfsbane crushed a little of that amazement I had with the first book. Luckily Bloodrose held its own and somewhat redeemed itself regarding the thrilling action part which I came to love in the first installment. 

"Oh gods! My eyes!" Connor covered his face. "My innocence!"
"Shut up, Connor," I said, both relieved and disappointed by the interruption.

Thank god it had action unlike the second book. Whereas Wolfsbane was all talk and no action, this one was vice versa. Maybe it felt a little too rushed and there was practically no character growth for me, but at least I felt like the plot moved on. The final battle was really 'meh' though. Oh, remember I mentioned in my review for Wolfsbane that I loved Connor? Oh, well! CONNOR, BABY!!!! :))) I just adore this firecracker and his fun personality and even though he got on the others’ nerves a lot with his jokes while things were dead serious, I just had a blast and LOL-ed a lot. Ethan gets some of my love as well:)

It’s no secret that I’m team Ren since I don’t like Shay as a character that much and I’m not a fan of him as a love interest. I realized after finishing Bloodrose that my issue regarding the love triangle, which is such a huge part of this series, wasn’t so much with Shay rather than with Calla’s behavior and leading both of the guys on. It was unbearable. One moment she was drooling about Shay and wanting to do all sorts of kinky stuff with him and the next she was basically having hot-flashes by Ren’s presence. Ugh.. And all her 'If I choose my mate now, our shaky alliance would crumble' stuff just made me crumple my nose and feel the need to sucker punch her. Leading both of them on was very humble of her #FeelMySarcasm123 -.-

Cremer has gotten enough hate to last a lifetime on what she did with the love triangle and Calla’s “choice” that I’m just going to say that I’m disappointed to say the least because there wasn't a choice to make. Also, I was happy with the way the story for the pack ended, but I wasn’t happy with who survived. I was frustrated and seriously angry about what happened, but at the same time, now, 3 months after finishing Bloodrose, I realize, that I was invested enough to care so Cremer gets points for that.

This review has become so very long that if you really have read it all, thanks! I just needed to get my rambling out there, but to conclude this review I’d say that I’ll try and not to be biased about what Cremer did to that ending regarding one character’s death that left me in ruins, but overall it was action-packed, funny, emotional, but also frustrating and rushed. I don’t regret jumping on this train and reading these books though and I’m looking forward to reading both of the spin-off stories even if Cremer is pulling a Cassie Clare on us.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Title: The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1)
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Published: November 13th 2012
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Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.
Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.
With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.
But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Now, as I'm finished with this book, I can't tell you how much I loved this pretty and how frustrated I am with myself that I didn't read it sooner. I've been having terrible luck with my previous books and the few books I read right after The Edge of Never haven't been that great either so this baby stands out like a bright star among the others. I don't even know how to begin to write a review for all the amazingness this book held in its gorgeous words and one of the best, if not THE best, road trips. It was truly amazing!

“Just because one person's problem is less traumatic than another's doesn't mean they're required to hurt less” 

The story. Camryn (love love love that name--original and doesn't get lost in the sea of all the names for different MC-s) has recently lost her boyfriend in a car accident. Her brother serves time in jail for killing a person with drunk-driving and her parents have divorced. You can say that life is definitely not the same for her. Soon she gets into a fight with her best friend and since there's nothing left for her, she grabs her backpack and gets on a bus to nowhere. During her busride to the destination of self-searching, she meets a stranger who pushes her buttons. Andrew Parrish is a gorgeous guy with so much life hidden behind his humorous, rough and snarky shield. They become unlikely allies on the road and friendship, love and heartache are in store for them as well as us.

My thoughts. What I loved about this story the most was that it wasn't rushed. Everything happened when it was supposed to happen and it all felt so real and relatable thanks to that. It was such a refreshing book. We don't meet Andrew right away and it's a pretty long wait at that, however, we do get to spend time with Camryn and get to know her pretty well. She doesn't have any mysteries regarding her relationship with the readers. Everything's out there on the table and maybe even more refreshing and better due to it. We do have dual point of view, but there isn't Andrew's voice as much as Camryn's and I found it good because I wasn't expecting the ending AT ALL!!!! I was thoroughly surprised and taken aback and that's the reason it felt so raw and why my heart hurt so much.

I liked how the relationship between Camryn and Andrew was slow-burn. They get to know each other carefully, but step by step the walls come down and the wounds start to heal. Music has a special place in this book and I liked it a lot. Music means everything to me. When I dance, think, rest--whatever I do, I have music with me almost always. It's a huge part of my life. I adored how Andrew helped Camryn face her fears and reach for her dreams and vice versa. I also loved the road trip. It was so enjoyable and made me want to drop everything and go on the road now. We have a great cast of secondary characters as well who all have their own stories.

I absolutely LOVED this book. It was such a rush of emotions and I ugly-cried a bunch when the secret was revealed. I didn't see it coming and it was.. Oh boy, I feel my throat closing right now. It'll take me forever to get over that if ever. I cannot wait for the sequel. It could have worked perfectly as a stand-alone, but you won't hear me complaining about The Edge of Always. It will be perfect. Just like this pretty was. I know it! I can't believe I put this off so long. I'll purchase the paperback for sure, because it's just one of those books you want to re-read time and time again. The Edge of Never amazing, emotional and foremost inspirational. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Btw, lollllls.. I got a review copy from Netgalley, but then I discovered that I owned a kindle copy already. Oh well :D

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Mini-Reviews: Fallen Too Far and Never Too Far by Abbi Glines

Title: Fallen Too Far (Fallen Too Far #1)
Author: Abbi Glines
Published: December 14th 2012
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I have come to love Abbi Glines’ books. I knew that this was the most loved out of all of them and having read most of her novels, I thought I was ready for Rush and Blaire’s story. Oh, nooooo!! Far from it. I got a little more than I bargained for, to be honest with you.

Let’s break it down in a nutshell: Rush was a great love interest. He has done bad things, but he was redeemable. He came through in my eyes and it was tough to read the ending, but knowing Abbi, she loves happily ever afters just the same as I do so I was sure I had nothing to worry about regarding the whole series. 

Blaire came off as sweet and innocent, but the more time she spent with Rush, the more wicked she became. I found her innocence more of a pro than con, but as the novel progressed, her doubts and insecurities started to get on my nerves. The story in general was good, I liked Woods, Grant, Bethy and Jace as the side characters. Hated Nan, of course. Who wouldn’t? *smirks* Even though it’s a New Adult novel, I felt that the level of steaminess was turned too up and it read more like an adult novel during those scenes. Overall, it’s a strong novel, but not my favorite by Abbi.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Title: Never Too Far (Fallen Too Far #2)
Author: Abbi Glines
Published: February 25th 2013
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What worked for this one was the dual POV. The book itself and the storyline were somewhat predictable. I came to loathe Blaire’s father even more and Nan—Rush’s sister… Oh, boy! I don’t even have the strength to talk about her. She’s an addition to my most-hated-characters list. Rush and the rest of the co were great except for Blaire, who once again, caused drama with her insecurities. It was appealing when we first met her, but now it was just too much. I became tired of her attitude and thoughts rather quickly. I didn’t see all of the twists coming and I may have shed a few tears. 

I still think that this series is too adult in the steamy scenes and the smexy volume is turned wayyyyy too loud. I want to read Woods’ story more than Forever Too Far. I’ve come to love Woods as a side character and I can’t wait for him to find his own happiness and spend more time with him in Twisted Perfection. Overall, if you’re a fan of Abbi, I advise you to pick this series up. It may be a little too adult for my taste, but the rest of the world seems to be crazy about this series so… yeah.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Trust in Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

On Monday I reviewed Wait for You and I was mostly satisfied with the story. I especially liked Cam and Jase and their books are up next. Firstly Cam's which cover was revealed yesterday. I hope this will be better male-pov than Walking Disaster which I came to.. dislike. Strongly. And now I dislike Beautiful Disaster as well.. Such a shame. I hope this won't be the case. Anyhow, Cam's an awesome, gentelman-ish, sweet, caring, fun guy and I have faith this book will be good. I hope:) You've probably already seen the cover, but wanna see it again? It's so prettyyyyyy!!!

Title: Trust in Me (Wait for You #2)
Author: J. Lynn aka Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: October 22nd 2013
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It’s Wait for You as you’ve never seen it. Trust in Me lets you in on Cam’s side of the #1 New York Times Bestselling story.

Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up. He can’t get the feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.

Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. Will persistence (and some delicious homemade cookies) help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery's life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: Fallen Crest Family by Tijan

Title: Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest High #2)
Author: Tijan
Published: June 18th 2013
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Samantha and Mason are together. Everyone knows it. Not everyone is dealing with it. While Mason’s ready to give them the middle finger, there’s one not going away. Her mother. Threats are issued. Ultimatums are given. Even blackmail is used, but only Samantha can put a stop to Analise. However, when a trauma from her past is triggered, she may not have the courage or strength to do what’s needed. If she doesn’t, Mason’s future could be destroyed.

Even though I read the first book Fallen Crest High recently, I felt like it took forever for the sequel to be published. I was in the middle of reading or listening to 4 books in total and it didn’t really stop me from starting Fallen Crest Family as soon as it loaded on my Kindle. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Was I disappointed? Unfortunately, yes.

"I won't get run off from you. I love you, Sam. I said it before and I mean it. I won't let your mom control my life."

The story. The sequel follows Samantha and her step brothers. She has a romantic relationship with one of the brothers and a brother-sister relationship with the other. Sam and Mase have quite a few obstacles ahead of them and number one being Sam's crazy-a mom Analise. Their parents are all mixed up in this crazy relationship that affects their kids and the kids’ friends-enemies don’t make the whole mess better either.  If you’re willing to give this series a try, expect a lot of drama and crazy coming your way.

My emotions. Look, I am a huge fan of Sam and Mason’s relationship and I adore their chemistry. Did I expect lots of make-out scenes and their romance blossoming even more? Yes, I did. I just didn’t think it’d take about half of the book describing the feelings Mase created in Sam. *falls asleep* I liked that their relationship wasn’t all about the sexual chemistry in this book, but rather it evolved into something deeper and I truly believed them when they expressed their love. I also enjoyed Logan’s friendship with Sam which unfortunately wasn’t there that much. Oh, and I really, really like that new girl Heather. Sam needs a great friend and I can tell you that I like her a hell of a lot better than that Becky chick who's the second coming of Gossip Girl *rolls eyes* She's the kind of friend you don't want to have and I think Sam is too generous to constantly forgive her.

So what disappointed me the most, you ask? Hmh.. Let’s just say that Sam’s mother Analise seemed like a lunatic before, but now she’s an even bigger mystery to me. The whole 11-year-old-Sam-and-her-mom plot felt so off to me, I didn’t connect to that at all. I felt like there were plot wholes throughout that entire storyline and I why didn't we see that coming? There was not even a mention of this jazz in book one so it felt more random than anything to be brought up now out of nowhere. Moreover, nothing else happened in this book that we didn’t know before. Sam and Mason love each other, Logan and Mase excepted Sam into their family. Analise is a lost case as are the rest of the trio’s parents. Also, Sam just became so girly and emotional and.. weak. In #1 she stood up for herself and didn't take BS from anyone, but now.. I knew she would break down at some point though what with shutting out all her emotions.

To sum up my thoughts, I’d say that I liked it, but I expected more. I didn’t connect with Sam in her ‘tragic’ childhood drama she had to relive and I didn’t feel like the story progressed anywhere. However, I read the original 4 chapters on Tijan’s Wattpad and I think that re-drafting and re-writing this book benefited in this case. If you're up for a crazy ride of drama and rich kids, this series may be the one for you. I can tell you that the first installment is anything like the New Adult novels as we've come to know them. Even though I found this installment to be just meh and okay, I am very much looking forward to what comes next for this bunch of lunatics. LOL. That sounded funny, haha.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cover Reveal: Greed (and Vain) by Fisher Amelie

You guys! I am one of those bad, boring people who hasn't read Vain yet even though I own a copy. I am so excited about the cover reveal of Greed, nr 2 in the Seven Deadly Series by Fisher Amelie. I have heard so many amazing things about this series as well as her stories about Callum & Harper and Thomas & January. I own all of the 3 books from these which have been published so far so, tsk tsk tsk, I should get on them asap, right? ;-) Today I have the honour of presenting you the cover of Greed, also, there's a surprise! Since the covers HAVE to match (!! It's a m-u-s-t!!!!!!) then Vain has a new, gorgeous cover as well. Check them out and tell me what you think :-)

Title: Vain (Seven Deadly #1)
Author: Fisher Amelie
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: February 7th 2012
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If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you’re gonna’ hate my story.
Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.
I’m Sophie Price...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Title: Greed (Seven Deadly #2)
Author: Fisher Amelie
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: Fall 2013
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Gather ‘round, love, because I want you. I want what you have, I want what you don’t have, I want more of what I already have. I want. But if you so much as ask for something in return, go ahead and walk away. Know if you want to play in my world, it’s every man for themselves and the weak become mine. Leeches will be obliterated because I make it my job to destroy them. I protect what’s mine and I take what’s yours...because that’s what I do. I want.
My story will not endear me to you and, frankly, I could care less if it does because I’m in this for the money and nothing else. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a corrupt, money hungry, immoral asshole from Los Angeles. I’m every man’s worst nightmare and every girl’s fantasy.
I’m Spencer Blackwell...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most coveted guy to the guy no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

I think they're gorgeous! I love the coloring on both of them and I like how minimalistic they are. What do you guys think? Have you read Vain already? What did you thought of it?

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Fisher Amelie is the author of The Leaving Series, Callum & Harper and Thomas & January. She began her writing career as a copywriter for an internet marketing company wherein one of their client's said, 'Hey! You're funny. You should write books'. Which in turn she said, 'Hey, get out of here! This is the lady's restroom.' While washing her hands and the embarrassment from her face, she thought they may have had a valid point. So, she took the thousands of hours of writing stories growing up, tucked them into her pocket and began writing and writing and writing.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Giveaway: The Solitude of Passion by Addison Moore

As NA conteporaries are taking over the world, I have a very exciting giveaway for you guys to offer by the NYTimes bestselling author of a well-known YA sensation--Celestra series. This book has caught my eye with its synopsis and it cover. I am not a fan of love triangles, but this one has an unusual twist to it so I think that I may, actually, want to explore this pretty. Good luck, lovelies!

Title: The Solitude of Passion
Author: Addison Moore
Published: August 13th 2013
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When old love and new love collide an impossibility is born.
When Lee Townsend’s husband leaves on a community outreach to China, the last thing she expects is for him to never come back—for him to have tragically met his demise.
Lee goes on to marry his adversary and settles into life and business with him, merging her vineyard with his and creating a worldwide conglomerate.
Five years later a twist of fate brings the past back to her and forces Lee to make a decision that will change the landscape of her life forever.
Secrets emerge, forcing relationships to be examined—magnifying the surprising true underpinnings of her marriage to both Mitch and Max. Lee’s heart is unwilling to surrender her love for either Mitch or Max. She must choose to carry forward with the past or present.
Lee has a choice to make.
Mitch can’t figure out how to win.
Max never loses.
Worlds collide in THE SOLITUDE OF PASSION 

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Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children, and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.

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