Friday, October 9, 2015

Book Review: My Strongest Weakness by: Brighton Walsh

Release Date: October 13, 2015
from Pink Kayak Press LLC
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"My Strongest Weakness by Brighton Walsh
It was supposed to be a one-time thing. No one would find out; no one would have to know. And then once turned into twice, and twice turned into several times a week, and now pierced, punk-loving, rebellious Tia Lanning is banging Mason Brooks, the big man on campus and Mr. All American. But banging him isn’t the problem. Falling for him is. Especially when he’s content to let her remain his dirty little secret."

My Thoughts:

**My Strongest Weakness is part of the 90s Playlist Anthology.

I can always count on Brighton to deliver a sexy and good story and that is exactly what she did with My Strongest Weakness. I devoured this novella and I really loved both Tia and Mason. I also loved that it took place during the nineties. That was fun.

On paper, Tia and Mason do not work and are opposites in every single way, but in this case opposites attract. The problem is they have both made a mess of things by keeping everything a secret. We all know how cliques work and both of them fall into those cliques and let others define how they acted. I liked watching them work through all of that though. Their chemistry was intense and I really felt the connection between them.

What I really liked about this one is that while it was a novella it never felt rushed or incomplete. I really felt as if I got the complete story and that was awesome. For me, that is always the biggest challenge with novellas. I actually love novellas as a rule but there are times where the story clearly feels rushed and that I don’t like. We never had that problem here. I also loved the nineties setting. Leaving notes instead of texting and mix tapes and walk men, it was a lot of fun.

My Strongest Weakness was a really good novella and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Once again, Brighton Walsh delivered.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Coloring Book Review: The Vampire Combat Field Guide by: Roger Ma

Release Date: October 6, 2015
from Berkley
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"In The Vampire Combat Manual, Roger Ma, the nation’s preeminent expert in undead warfare,
prepared the average citizen to defend against a brutal vampire attack. But without appropriate training, even the most adept slayer of bloodsuckers can be left vulnerable.

Therefore, the Institute for Undead Combat Studies has once again created an essential practice handbook for anyone seeking to avoid serious injury, infection, or death at the hands of a vampire. This comprehensive guide includes:

*Detailed illustrations to aid in identifying various types of the undead and their vulnerabilities, as well as anatomical drawings you can color to promote knowledge retention

*Interactive mental and physical exercises that will teach invaluable fighting techniques and prepare you for battle

*Work pages to hone weapon selection, defensive and offensive techniques, and precise staking strategies

*and much more!

With the proper preparation, no one need fear death by exsanguination or an eternity spent in darkness. Learn to ward off these bloodthirsty creatures while you can—or say good-bye to your days in the sun…"

My Thoughts:

When I got the email with a chance to review an adult coloring book with vampires I jumped at the opportunity. This was a fun activity book and I enjoyed channeling my inner child while reading and coloring. The book contains all sorts of tips and tricks for combating vampires. Vampires are my favorite paranormal creature so I loved that they were the focus of this book. I would definitely recommend this to people looking for a fun way to pass some time and relax. The book is an extremely easy read and is great for relaxing and de-stressing. Below are some of the pages from the book. My personal favorite was the Seducers identification page. It made me think of so many of my favorite vampire heroes. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #163: The Power by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.
Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve. Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.
But the gods are sensing a greater threat.

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation."

I cannot wait for more Seth! I adored The Return and I am dying to see where this series goes.

The Power will be released on February 23, 2016.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Heir Of Fire by: Sarah J. Maas

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
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!

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"Dredging up some semblance of annoyance, Celaena stuck out her tongue. At the guards, at the market, at the hawk on the nearby chimney, at the castle and the prince who lived inside it. She wished that she had not run out of wine so early in the day. It had been a week since she'd figured out how to infiltrate the castle, three days after arriving in Varese itself. A week since that horrible day when all her plans crumbled around her."

I'm currently re-reading this series and couldn't resist sharing a teaser. I love this series so much!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Book Review: The White Rose (The Lone City #2) by: Amy Ewing

Release Date: October 6, 2015
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments."

My Thoughts:

This book picks up right where The Jewel left off and it gets going immediately. It is nonstop the whole time and I loved the pace of the book. There were no lulls or downtime and everything that happened was an integral part of the story. I enjoyed The Jewel but I reallllly enjoyed The White Rose.

I really like Violet as a character and I like how she has grown over the two books. She has grown into a strong character and I love her determination to fight and I love her loyalty to her friends even more. But I also love that she is realistic in that she does have doubts and moments where she doesn’t think she can do it and this is where the importance of her friends comes in. Because when she doubts herself, they are there to help pick her up and keep her going.

I also really came to love Ash in this book and their relationship. I really got the sense that while this is still new to them, they do love each other and their actions proved that beyond a doubt. Both of them have had rough lives and they understand that in one another. I also loved that they did argue and disagree, but those arguments never caused such a rift that they doubted one another, at the end of it all they knew they had one another. I love that Ash wants to fight and make a difference and I felt terrible when people continually overlooked him. But his time is coming, I can feel it.

And then we have Raven and Garnet. Raven is such a fantastic character and I adore her friendship with Violet. I am a big supporter of positive female friendships in YA and that is exactly what Violet and Raven have. And Garnet surprised me in this one and I’m definitely a big fan. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters in the series. Oh and Lucien. Lucien on the other hand is on my last nerve, I don’t care how smart he is or what he is doing, I wanna smack him.

Like I said, this one just keeps going from beginning to end and I really enjoyed that. And then the ending just drops on a dime and will leave you reeling for the next book. Waiting is really going to suck.

The White Rose is a good read and will keep readers addicted. If you want nonstop action, good characters, magic, and a truly dark and twisted world you should give this series a read.

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