Monday, November 24, 2014

Nicole Speaks: Looking For Alaska by: John Green

Every now and then my sister drops by the blog to join me in my book rambling and share her thoughts. If you want to know more about Nicole, click here.

Release Date: December 28, 2006
from Speak
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"Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same."

Nicole Speaks:
When I first started Looking For Alaska there were two things I couldn’t stop thinking about: 1. There was no way this would be nearly as good as The Fault in Our Stars and 2. There was no way I wasn’t going to be a puddle of tears by the end of this book.  And well I was half right.  

Alaska, Miles “Pudge” and Chip “The Colonel” were such an interesting trio.  They were all so different, yet similar at the same time.  They needed each other more than any of them realized and that’s what makes their friendship so important.  They’re there for each other through all of the rough twists and turns they go through throughout their time at school. They don’t have it easy, but they have each other. 

I cried… a lot.. and it was absolutely incredible.  I thought that this book was possibly even more heartbreaking than The Fault In Our Stars.  Now I know a lot of people wouldn’t agree with me on that one, but I have my reasons.  When you pick up a book about two sick teenagers with cancer you know it’s going to be sad, but in my opinion their love story and the fact that they had each other through their battles was amazing. They were each other’s strength and that isn’t heartbreaking.  By no means am I saying that The Fault In Our Stars wasn’t sad, but Looking For Alaska shouldn’t have been sad! They were a bunch of relatively normal, seemingly happy teenagers.  When you lose someone you were never supposed to, or never expected to lose it seems so much worse.  These kids would’ve had a long life ahead of them, but tragedy strikes and takes one of them away.  I don’t want to spoil the most heartbreaking part of the book, but the unexpected seems so much sadder than something you’ve braced yourself for throughout the entire book.  

This book was heartbreaking, but it was absolutely amazing.  John Green really knows how to break you apart, but keep you reading through it all.  I would tell anyone to read it, but be prepared to ball your eyes out and fall in love all at the same time.  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekly Recap 11/23/2014

YAY for books! The first book I grabbed was Untamed by Victoia Green and Jinsey Reese. First, it was a freebie with a pretty cover BUT also Jinsey Reese is the pen name for J Meyer's New Adult stuff. I really enjoyed her YA books so I'm excited for this one. I grabbed The Write Stuff since it was free on iBooks and I have been wanting this one for a while now. I also got Reforming the Cowboy as a freebie from Entangled's newsletter. Then for review I got Chase Me (thanks Avon Books!!!). I have heard amazing things about Tessa, so I am really excited for this one. I also got Hero (thanks Berkley!!!). SOOOOOO excited for this one, Samantha never disappoints. Then I got Crimson Bound and Illusionarium off of edelweiss (thank you Harper TEEN). SO excited about Crimson Bound- I adored Cruel Beauty. Then I grabbed some Christmas novella anthologies since it is that time of year; so I grabbed All I'm Asking For and Let It Snow. I also got a paperback of Wild because I adore that series. Then I got another giant order from book outlet because I have an addiction to that site. So I got Shatter Me (needed to new cover), Unearthly, Hallowed, Boundless, Shadows In The Silence, Collide, Of Triton, and Foretold. 

Goodreads Links:
Untamed by: Victoria Green and Jinsey Reese
The Write Stuff by: Tiffany King
Reforming The Cowboy by: Marisa Clevland
Chase Me by: Tessa Bailey
Hero by: Samantha Young
Crimson Bound by: Rosamund Hodge
Illusionarium by: Heather Dixon
All I'm Asking For by: Brighton Walsh, Christi Barth, Kat Latham
Wild by: Sophie Jordan
Let It Snow by: John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
Shatter Me by: Tahereh Mafi
Unearthly by: Cynthia Hand
Hallowed by: Cynthia Hand
Boundless by: Cynthia Hand
Shadows In The Silence by: Courtney Allison Moulton
Collide by: Gail McHugh
Of Triton by: Anna Banks


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Waiting On Wednesday: Crimson Bound by: Rosamund Hodge
Swoon Thursday: Wild by: Sophie Jordan

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Wild (The Ivy Chronicles #3) by: Sophie Jordan (Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Wild by Sophie Jordan hosted by Bookslapped. I am really excited to be taking part as I am a big fan of this series and this author.

Release Date: November 18, 2014
from William Morrow
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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.
"A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other."

My Thoughts:

I am so incredibly sad that I have to say goodbye to this series! I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every book and this is the perfect series for New Adult fans. If you had asked me when I first started this series who I thought Georgia's love interest would be, I never in a million years would have said Logan. Not because I don't love him (cause I SOOOOO do), but just because they seemed so different. In the end though, I loved that the series went this way because they were great together. Logan is a bad boy who helps Georgia to loosen up and be wild and Georgia is the good girl who brings out the best in Logan.

Now I know what you are thinking... another bad boy and good girl story? And yeah, essentially that is what we have here... BUT IT IS DONE SO WELL. I am not opposed to using a trope, just do the trope well and damn does Sophie do it well. The chemistry between these two is incredible! The tension is crazy and the steamy scenes are just that.... steamy (without being tacky). I also love that the book touches on New Adult elements outside the romance. Such as growing up and making decisions and drifting apart. These are things everyone deals with during their college years and I enjoyed seeing that portrayed. I liked watching Georgia learn that she had to stop living for everyone else (*cough*her mom*cough*) and start making decisions that made her life what she wanted it to be. I know I related to that aspect quite a bit, maybe not to the extremes of Georgia, but I could really understand how she felt. 

All in all, Wild was a great addition to The Ivy Chronicles! This series is everything you expect from New Adult and somehow more. I am so sad to say goodbye to Georgia, Logan, Emerson, Shaw, Pepper, and Reece but I know I will be visiting them again!


“I gotta go,” I said hurriedly, turning to walk around the Jeep, ready to climb in the backseat, not even caring how obvious I was in trying to put distance between us by unnecessarily circling around the vehicle. 
I felt him move behind me before I felt his hands on my arms. “No, you don’t,” he growled. “You don’t get to run away again.”
I squeaked as he hauled me back against his chest. My spine stiffened iron-rod straight against the wall of his broad chest. I felt my eyes go huge in my face. He was touching me. Again.And I was freaking out on the inside. I sucked in a deep breath, determined that my freak-out stayed internal only.
“Let me go. They’re coming.” My heart hammered violently in my chest and I didn’t know if it was because we were about to get busted by my friends or because his body felt so unbelievable against mine. Okay, fine. It was both.
His mouth brushed my ear as he spoke, spiking sensation to every nerve in my body. “Are you embarrassed, Georgia? You don’t want them to see me with you? Don’t want Pepper and Reece to know about us?”
“There is no ‘us.’ ”
“Oh, but there will be. We both know why you came tonight.” His fingers flexed, each digit a burning imprint on my forearms.
“Yeah?” Was that breathy croak my voice? “Why?”
“Because you haven’t been able to forget what it felt like to kiss me, and you want to know if the rest of it will be that good, too.” He bit down on my earlobe and a whimper escaped my lips. “It will be.”
An invisible band squeezed around my chest. I swallowed against my constricting throat. “Arrogant much?”
“It’s okay. I haven’t been able to forget either. I can still remember the way you taste.”
Oh. My. God.
I swallowed a moan and lurched free from him. Swinging around, I faced him and felt my knees go weak at the look in his eyes. Heavy-lidded and deep, his blue eyes looked almost indigo as they stared down at me.
“I know you probably think it’d be some great joke to bang one of your brother’s friends, but I’m not going to be another notch on your bedpost . . . some girl you screw once and forget about the next—”
He moved fast then, closing the space that I had established between us. Oh, yeah. He was a jock with ninja-fast reflexes. I needed to remember that.
I gasped as his hand slid around my neck, fingers burying in the hair at the base of my scalp. He lowered his head, dropping his forehead against mine until our breaths clashed and mingled. His fingers pressed and massaged the back of my head, shooting sensation straight to the core of me. Holy hell. Was that some kind of secret pressure point?
His words gusted over my mouth. “You think we’d fuck just once?”
My stomach plummeted at his blunt words.
He took my hand and dragged it between us, pressing my palm to his crotch—against the outline of his cock in his tight baseball pants. It hardened, growing beneath my touch and I felt an answering ache clench between my thighs. God, it had been so long.
“This doesn’t feel like a joke to me. You don’t,” he growled in a tight voice. “I want to do things to you . . . things a clean, vanilla girl like you never dreamed of. Things that tool boyfriend of yours never came close to doing to you.”
“Ex-boyfriend,” I replied automatically.
At my response, Logan pushed my palm harder against him, rubbing the hard ridge of him. A tiny moan escaped me as the ache squeezed between my legs.
He angled his head. “I think you want me to do dirty things to you, Georgia.”


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About The Author:

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Save The Night!

Please help Courtney Cole SAVE THE NIGHT! Her book NOCTE was pulled from Amazon, but it's back today! 

Let's un-do the damage and SAVE THE NIGHT! Buy NOCTE today, and enter the Rafflectopter to WIN!

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Swoon Thursday #121: Wild by: Sophie Jordan

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From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

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"My free hand grabbed a fistful of his shirt and tugged him down, willing him to kiss me. To not let me walk away from this feeling like a complete loser. I pulled back slightly, my lips moving against his, “What’s the matter, Logan? Not up for it? I thought you were good at this.” An exhale passed from him into my mouth. “Brat.” His mouth opened over mine then. Whether he thought I was a brat or not, my words had done the trick. He released the kraken. All of the sexual promise Logan Mulvaney radiated spilled into me. " 

Loving this one!

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