Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #43: Unhinged by: AG Howard

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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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"The blood dances... moves from gem to gem, coloring the back of each with a line of crimson- forming a picture. Breath locks in my lungs and I wait for the lines to connect... wondering what the end result will be this time. Hoping it won't be her again."

So much love for this series and Morpheus!

Share the link to your TT in the comments, or if you don't have a blog just share your teaser there too and join in the fun!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Book Review: Ruined (The Eternal Balance #1) by: Jus Accardo

Release Date: December 30, 2013
from Entangled Embrace
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review
"Hell is looking for a way to break loose…
Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world's first murderer, he's plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it's killing him.

After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can't outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she's thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she's been trying to forget.

Sam strains Jax's control over his darkness, but running isn't an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge."

My Thoughts:

When I picked this book up I was in a major reading slump, probably my worst yet. With me being very busy at work I didn’t have time to read and then I just never got the desire to read anything. When I finally made myself pick up a book again I was so glad it was Ruined. I finished this in one sitting and it kicked that slumps butt. I love paranormal reads and I especially love when they are mixed with New Adult, because those are few and far between.

Jax is cranky… so naturally I like him a lot. He is an antihero at its finest. He isn’t exactly a good guy, but he has a lot of redeeming qualities and he tries to do what is right. Also, it’s not really his fault and a lot of times that sounds like a cop out to make a bad guy good, but with Jax it is the truth. It’s kinda hard to be an angel when you have to share your body with a demon. He really has been dealt a crappy hand and my heart broke for him. His situation is pretty much impossible to deal with. 

Then there is Sam and I really liked her. She is a wonderful heroine, not whiny or clingy and she deals with the paranormal aspects realistically without being frustrating. She is also strong and determined. She wants to be involved but realizes that she can’t do it all herself. I love that she knows what she wants and goes for it and that she is willing to sacrifice for things bigger than herself. 

I really love the paranormal aspect to this one. It wasn’t just your typical demons and Jus Accardo gave them her own flair. Our story centers around the decedents of Cain (you know Cain and Abel). His descendants are still paying for his sins and that is how Jax ended up sharing a body with a demon. Not so fair if you ask me, but nobody ever said life is fair. As you can guess, that makes life difficult. Especially when you love a girl named Sam, but being near her makes you happy and happy isn’t so good for the demon since he feeds off fear and rage. Really all these things combined nicely for an awesome paranormal read. Now add in the other New Adult elements I love and we have a winner. 

Now while I did really enjoy this book, I do have some complaints. Jax was moody and he is very much stuck on the “he is no good for Sam” thing. Which does have some truth, but Sam is a big girl and is making an informed decision. Also that repeats a lot throughout the story. I also wanted a bit more happily ever after in my conclusion. I know it’s a series and there is more to come, but throw me a bone! Give me some sort of hope. Right now I’m sad. I mean I still am dying for more, but I’m sad. 

All in all, Ruined is a great read and one that paranormal fans are sure to enjoy. It’s a fresh twist on demons and also has a great forbidden romance that you root for.

2013 Reading Challenge Recap.... and a Giveaway!

This was the first year I participated in Reading Challenges and I had so much fun doing it! I learned that I read a lot of Vampire books and that I also read a lot of random paranormal books. I pretty much underestimated how much I would read in relation to the challenges. I also read a lot more New Adult than I expected to, probably because I have come to love it so much. So below you will find a recap of all the challenge books I read this year, and at the very bottom there is a giveaway.

My goal was to read at least one of each type of paranormal book listed below:

Pride by: Rachel Vincent



Monthly Challenge:

January - Vampires:
For The Love Of A Vampire by: M. Leighton
February - Angels/Nephilim: 
Fall For Me by: K.A. Last
March - Fey: Iron's Prophecy by: Julie Kagawa
April - Demons: The Demon Trapper's Daughter by: Jana Oliver
May - Aliens: The Rise of Nine by: Pittacus Lore
June - Zombies: Rot and Ruin by: Jonathan Maberry
July - Witches and Wizards: Beautiful Darkness by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
August - Mermaids: Madly by: M. Leighton
September - Dragons: Incarnate by: Jodi Meadows
October - Ghosts: Death and Mr Right by: Kendra L. Saunders
November - Werewolves/Shape-shifters: Pride by: Rachel Vincent
December - Other: Bitter Sweet Love by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tater's New Adult Challenge

My goal was to read between 10 and 20 New Adult books:
  1. Ruining Me by: Nicole Reed
  2. Ruining You by: Nicole Reed
  3. Devoured by: Emily Snow
  4. Strength by: Carrie Butler
  5. Ten Tiny Breaths by: K.A. Tucker
  6. Wait For You by: J. Lynn
  7. Hopeless by: Colleen Hoover
  8. Walking Disaster by: Jamie McGuire
  9. Until Fountain Bridge by: Samantha Young
  10. Lost & Found by: Nicole Williams
  11. Inhale, Exhale by: Sarah M. Ross
  12. Drowning In You by: Rebecca Berto
  13. This Girl by: Colleen Hoover
  14. If You Stay by: Courtney Cole
  15. Frigid by: J. Lynn
  16. Losing Hope by: Colleen Hoover
  17. Left Drowning by: Jessica Park
  18. Into The Deep by: Samantha Young
  19. Near & Far by: Nicole Williams
  20. If You Leave by: Courtney Cole
  21. Cake by: Nicole Reed
  22. Stay With Me by: Elyssa Patrick
  23. All Of You by: Christina Lee
  24. Finders Keepers by: Nicole Williams
  25. Sweet Thing by: Renee Carlino
  26. Courage by: Carrie Butler
  27. Trust In Me by: J. Lynn
  28. A Little Too Far by: Lisa Desrochers
  29. Foreplay by: Sophie Jordan
  30. Finding Cinderella by: Colleen Hoover
  31. All The Pretty Lies by: M. Leighton
  32. Wasted Heart by: Nicole Reed
  33. Welcome To Sugartown by: Carmen Jenner
  34. Before We Fall by: Courtney Cole
  35. Crush by: Nicole Williams

WAMS Mini-Reading Challenge

My Review of With All My Soul

I am giving away a copy of one of the books I read for a challenge this year (so basically you have your pick of any of the books listed above) to one winner.
-winner will have a choice of physical copy (US only), kindle copy, or nook copy
-giveaway is open internationally
-must be 18 years of age to enter
-winner will be chosen randomly via rafflecopter and contacted via email
-winner will have 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Top Ten 2013: Books We Are Looking Forward To In 2014

Welcome to day five of the Top 10 of 2013 event hosted by Two Chicks On BooksFiktshun, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads! Today we get to feature the books we are most anticipating in 2014. There is no particular order here.

Teresa and Nicole's Picks:

City of Heavenly Fire by: Cassandra Clare: We have invested five books in this series now and are dying to see how it all wraps up! Magnus and Alec need to survive!

White Hot Kiss by: Jennifer L. Armentrout: We love JLA and gargoyles are fun!

Maybe Someday by: Colleen Hoover: Colleen Hoover is a writing goddess!

Breakable by: Tammara Webber: We love Lucas and are so excited we are getting to read from his POV!

Don't Look Back by: Jennifer L. Armentrout: Again... we love JLA.

Ignite Me by: Tahereh Mafi: This one is a Teresa pick since Nicole has not started this series *glares at Nicole* I am dying to read this book! Team Warner!

Opposition by: Jennifer L. Armentrout: This is our favorite JLA series and we are so sad it is coming to a close, but so excited to see how it wraps up.

Fall From India Place by: Samantha Young: Another Teresa pick *more glaring at Nicole*. We all know I adore this series... so yeah.

Soul Screamers Volume 4 by: Rachel Vincent: We love Tod and even the promise of just a little bit more from him in a novella is enough to make us crazy with anticipation.

Some Like It Wild by: M. Leighton: Another Teresa pick since Nicole is a slacker. This is my favorite series of Michelle's and I cannot wait!

What books are you looking forward to?

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top Ten of 2013: Best Book Boyfriends

Welcome to day four of the Top 10 of 2013 event hosted by Two Chicks On BooksFiktshun, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads! Today we get to feature our favorite book boyfriends of 2013. We all know how I love my book boyfriends! Like last year, I decided not to feature an author more than once. Also there is no particular order here.

Teresa's Picks:

 Will Herondale (Clockwork Princess by: Cassandra Clare): I love this boy so much I have a quote from him tattooed on my back. Therefore, he gets to top the list!

Braden Carmichael (Castle Hill by: Samantha Young): I love that this novella came out this year because it means I get to feature Braden again! He will forever be one of my favorites. Love my caveman!

Jesse Walker (Near & Far by: Nicole Williams): Jesse is one of the very best book boyfriends! He is such a good guy and I just adore him. Also... painted on jeans!

Daemon Black (Origin by: Jennifer L. Armentrout): Daemon will always be one of my top book boyfriends. I just love his snarky attitude but how he is also a sweetheart.

Will Cooper (This Girl by: Colleen Hoover): Will Cooper owns my soul! He stole my heart in Slammed and with each book he just takes even more!

Cam Hamilton (Trust In Me by: J. Lynn): JLA has so many swoony guys, so I had to feature more than one! I limited myself to one Armentrout title and one J. Lynn title. Cam is the best of the best! He is so cute and patient and has a turtle and makes cookies and *smooshes Cam*

Gabriel Vincent (If You Leave by: Courtney Cole): I fell in love with Gabe very quickly and over the course of the book that love just grew. He was such a wonderful guy and I loved him.

Tod Hudson (With All My Soul by: Rachel Vincent): Tod is the best! He is so funny and cute. And those last few scenes in this book *dies*

Will Ryan (Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino): Oh my heart! Will Ryan is such a cutie and a sweetheart and a musician and LOVES

Trick Henley (Wild Child): I'm cheating a bit here since Trick is a secondary character in this novella, but I really love him and I wanted to include him so there!

Nicole's Picks:

Tod Hudson (With All My Soul by: Rachel Vincent): He is perfect... The end.

Daemon Black (Origin by: Jennifer L. Armentrout): He is such a smartass but genuinely a sweet and caring person as well.

Hunter (Obsession by: Jennifer L. Armentrout): Even though he is a jerk, he will do anything for the people he cares about.

Will Herondale (Clockwork Princess by: Cassandra Clare): Underneath his mask, he is so nice and lovable.

Kyler (Frigid by: J. Lynn): I don't know... I just like him a lot.

Zach (United We Spy by: Ally Carter): Despite everything he has been through, he is strong, caring, funny, and a good person.

Who were your favorite boyfriends of 2013?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Top Ten of 2013: Best Couples

Welcome to day three of the Top 10 of 2013 event hosted by Two Chicks On BooksFiktshun, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads! Today is blogger's choice so I have decided to feature my favorite couples! The list below is in no particular order.

Teresa's Picks:

Lilac and Tarver (These Broken Stars by: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner): These two are probably one of my favorite couples ever! I just loved their dynamic and how their relationship grew. There was no insta love here and they just made a great pair.

Joss and Braden (Castle Hill by: Samantha Young): Hehe see what I did there?!?! I get to feature Joss and Braden because we got a new novella! These two are so fantastic together and easily my favorite couple ever! Braden is wonderful and he just knows Joss so well.. they just compliment each other perfectly.

Will and Tessa (Clockwork Princess by: Cassandra Clare): This book is showing up a lot this week, but I just loved it so much! I have always loved Will and Tessa so I needed to spotlight them (side note: I love Will and Tessa, but honestly the most important relationship in this series is Will and Jem, but they aren't  a "couple" so I couldn't feature them here haha). I love how Will and Tessa share a love of books and they speak the same language. They can read each other so well and I think they make a great pair.

Four and Tris (Allegiant by: Veronica Roth): I have always thought these two had a strong relationship. They fight and make mistakes, but in the end they always forgive and fight for their relationship. I love that Four never thinks Tris is weak and I love that Tris doesn't need Four to survive. They make each other stronger and that is what a relationship should do. *sobs*

Noah and Mara (The Evolution of Mara Dyer by: Michelle Hodkin): I love the dynamic between these two! Their banter is some of my favorite ever! I love how far Noah goes for Mara. There really isn't much that can break these two and I love that while everything else is going crazy, they can be each others constant. 

Aiden and Alex (Sentinel by: Jennifer L. Armentrout): I didn't want to feature one author more than once on each list, so I went back and forth for a long time on whether I wanted to feature Aiden/Alex or Daemon/Katy. In the end I decided to go with Aiden and Alex because we have their conclusion and I loved how their relationship progressed. I love these two because they stand on equal footing and are always willing to fight for one another. I love that they work together, but at the same time constantly want to protect each other.

Will and Layken (This Girl by: Colleen Hoover): I love love LOVE Will and Layken. I love that these two found each other and that they made a life together, despite the horrible things that life has thrown at them. 

Tod and Kaylee (With All My Soul by: Rachel Vincent): LOVES THIS COUPLE! I always though Tod/Kaylee made more sense than Nash/Kaylee. I love how Kaylee can be herself with Tod, no reservations. Kaylee and Tod love each other completely. Tod will do anything for Kaylee and I love that devotion, especially because it goes both ways!

Jesse and Rowen (Near & Far by: Nicole Williams): This is another book you will see a lot of this week! Jesse and Rowen are great together because they are so different yet so perfect for each other. They both have difficult pasts, but those pasts made them stronger in the end and brought them together. They aren't your typical couple but they make things work. "Our priorities aren't what we say they are. They're what we show they are."

Gabe and Maddie (If You Leave by: Courtney Cole): I loved these two, so much more than I thought I would! They just worked so well together. I'm having trouble putting into words exactly what it is about them that I love, but I just loved their chemistry and the way they worked. 

Nicole's Picks:

Tod and Kaylee (Soul Screamers by: Rachel Vincent): Because Tod is so perfect and I guess if she makes him happy then they must be perfect together. They bring out the best in each other.

Daemon and Katy (Lux Series by: Jennifer L. Armentrout): Daemon is such a smartass and him and Katy love each other despite all the nonsense, even when Daemon tried to pretend that he didn't love her.

Will and Tessa (The Infernal Devices by: Cassandra Clare): I don't know if they become a couple or not, since I haven't finished the series but I don't care... I love them.

Augustus and Hazel (The Fault In Our Stars by: John Green): Despite all the bullsh*t they are going through, they are always there for each other and they make the best out of a crappy situation. They give each other a reason to fight.

Isabelle and Simon (City of Lost Souls by: Cassandra Clare): Izzy is one of the best characters and despite her usual way with boys, she cares about Simon. Even though Simon can be oblivious, he cares about her too.

Magnus and Alec (City of Lost Souls by: Cassandra Clare): They are my absolute favorite couple in the series. I love both of their characters so much and even though Magnus is being dumb, they are still my favorite.

Cammie and Zach (United We Spy by: Ally Carter): I've loved Zach since he first showed up and despite having people constantly trying to kill them, they fight through it together. 

Kyler and Sydney (Frigid by: J. Lynn): I love them because they are the typical best friends who fall in love. Even before each of them realized it, they loved each other.

Hunter and Serena (Obsession by: Jennifer L. Armentrout): They are such a unique couple because Hunter should want to kill her.

Charlie and Sam (The Perks of Being A Wallflower by: Stephen Chbosky): Even when they were just best friends, Sam was always there for Charlie while he was dealing with his problems.

What were your favorite couples of 2013?

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