Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekly Recap 10/26/2014


So after my epic haul last week, I attempted to rein it in the week... although I did make a huge Book Outlet order, but that hasn't arrived yet so it doesn't count. But anyhoo I grabbed two freebies this week in Forever Ours and One Night With Her. Then I grabbed Hunt by Rachel Vincent which is  Shifters spin off--- A SHIFTERS SPINOFF. I haven't finished that series yet, but I so so love it and knowing that there will be more just makes me so incredibly excited. I also got The Collector's Society which sounds awesome! For review I got This Shattered World, which I cannot wait to dive into. Huge thanks to Disney Hyperion. I also got Dictatorship of the Dress for review (thank you Berkley!!!!) which sounds adorable. And then last but not least my pretty signed copy of Stone Cold Touch arrived, and I love it.

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Forever Ours by: Cassia Leo
One Night With Her by: Lauren Blakely
Hunt by: Rachel Vincent
The Collector's Society by: Heather Lyons
This Shattered World by: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Dictatorship of the Dress by: Jessica Topper
Stone Cold Touch by: Jennifer L. Armentrout


Reviews:
The Chalet by: Tara Sue Me
Sublime by: Christina Lauren

MeMe's:
Top Ten Tuesday: New Series I Want To Start
Waiting On Wednesday: Ensnared by: AG Howard

Other Fun:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review: Sublime by: Christina Lauren

Release Date: October 14, 2014
from Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
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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.
"True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors of Beautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of Shatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read".

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…"

My Thoughts:

I don’t know how to review this book, I really don’t. There were parts of it I enjoyed, but there was also a lot that made me scratch my head. Overall I just don’t think I got it. I just don’t get where the story was going or if there was even a point. Like I enjoyed reading along with Colin and Lucy, but I’m not entirely sure what I was supposed to get from the story and I have a lot of questions still. Being that this is a standalone, I don’t think I should still have as many questions as I do.

Colin and Lucy together are really quite sweet. It is a very good forbidden romance and I eat those up. But with that being said, I didn’t feel an overwhelming connection to either Lucy or Colin. Frankly, I thought Colin was a real idiot at times and I wanted to strangle him. I liked him and I liked Lucy but I can’t say I loved either one.

The world within Sublime is pretty interesting. It is creepy and a bit dark. There are ghosts all over the boarding school and clearly something has brought them there, but what? I still don’t know. I read the whole book, I think I deserve to know whys and how’s of the situation. I feel like there was so much potential here. The authors could have expanded so much on what was going on and why all this creepy stuff happened and why ghosts were coming back, but they didn’t and this was my biggest issue. I felt like I kept getting questions thrown at me but never any answers. I felt like the story didn’t have a real purpose and things just happened with no real end goal. Speaking of end… maybe I’m an idiot, but I just didn’t get it. Like at all. I’m confused. 

Sublime was a read I was really looking forward to. The cover was so pretty and it sounded like such a good romantic and creepy story. Unfortunately it fell a bit short for me. I liked it and I don’t regret reading it, but I was hoping for more.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Swoon Thursday #117: Sublime by: Christina Lauren


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"She nods, lifting herself on her tiptoes to kiss him. Lips press, tongues touch, and then it deepens, finally. The warmth and wet of a real kiss, the vibrating taste of his sounds, and the pressing hunger of Colin finally able to take more. He grows frantic, and a spreading tingle engulfs her skin, flames down her neck and across her chest. She feels the heat in ten pulses in her fingers, ten pulses in her toes. And yet, while his eyes fall closed, hers cannot. She’s simply fascinated with what’s happening. He exhales through his nose and lets out a sound of longing that is so strained and tight, she digs her fingers into his hair, wraps everything that she can around him." 

Check back tomorrow for my review.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #120: Ensnared by: AG Howard

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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"After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?"

I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK! I adore this series and I am dying to see how it all wraps up. Also this cover is simply gorgeous.

Ensnared will be released on January 6, 2015.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Release Day Launch: Stone Cold Touch by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer's The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!!
  Cold Stone Touch
"Every touch has its price. Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay..."

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  EXCERPT:
I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there.
I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings.
It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself.Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron.
After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey.

Where r u?

R u skipping, u ho?

A minute later: Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp?
Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts. Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this.

Bio is lonely.

My boobs miss u. How weird is that?

That was notably weird and yet not surprising.

If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault.

Holy shit, Layla, where r u?!?

Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them.

U have no idea who just walked into bio!!!

Roth is here!

Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this?

Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect.

Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one. He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t.

Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead.
“What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open.

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  And don't forget! The choice is yours... Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath. At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick. To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait! Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice!   

  About Jennifer L. Armentrout:
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.   She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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