Friday, July 31, 2015

Beach Reads In August Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Beach Reads In August Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck In Books. I have decided to give away my newest obsession... the Night Huntress series. One winner will have a choice of one book from the series.

-one winner will win their choice of one book in the Night Huntress series
-winner will win a kindle copy of the book they choose
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Book Review: Daughter Of Dusk (Midnight Thief #2) by: Livia Blackburne

Release Date: August 4, 2015
from Disney Hyperion
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.

Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.

As tensions rise within Forge's Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?

In this spellbinding sequel to Midnight Thief, Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents."

My Thoughts:

I’m not going to lie; I’m a tad bit disappointed in this conclusion. Overall I liked the story and I enjoyed it, but I think I was hoping for a bit more. I just had a hard time staying invested at times and the plot never seemed to fully climax. It was just a lot of “this happens”, “we do this”, “and now this happens”, without a real central plot point. It was just a lot of little plots pulling in together. Honestly I wasn’t even sure where the story was trying to go until about the 40% mark.

When I read Midnight Thief, I loved Kyra but I struggled with her a bit in this one and I’m not really sure why. I just didn’t connect with her as much this time around. She wasn’t the same tough girl we met originally. She was still strong, but she was also more impulsive and that impulsiveness took away from her intelligence at times.

As for Tristam, well he wasn’t really the same either. I still liked him, but there was just something that held me back from absolutely loving him. My favorite character was actually James, as messed up as that is. He may not have always taken the best course of action, but he truly believed in his cause and he did want to make change for the better, which is a lot more than a lot of other people can say. Also, I fell for him in Poison Dance and I’ve never really been able to let that go.

As for the romance, it was kinda nonexistent in this one, which really bummed me out. I’m not a reader that needs romance in her books, but when you build up to it in the first book and then basically ignore it for the second book, I’m going to be mad. It was still there in parts, but the parts were few and I mean really really few. Like I said, this only upset me because I felt like it had been built up and then just conveniently ignored for a big part of the book. It’s hard to really root for a couple when you don’t get much of them together as a couple.

The world in Daughter of Dusk is still good and I did like the story for the most part, I just wish some things had been different and that the plot had been a bit more linear. I like complicated plots, but this one just felt like it was pulling from all over at times.

All in all, Daughter of Dusk was a likable conclusion to the series. It wraps everything up and gives you the answers you are looking for. I guess I was just hoping for a little bit more from this one.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #155: November 9 by: Colleen Hoover

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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"Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist."

I get the feeling that this book is going to destroy me. So naturally I cannot wait.

November 9 will be released on November 10, 2015.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Book Review: No Kissing Allowed by: Melissa West

Release Date: July 28, 2015
from Entangled Embrace
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"No kissing. No touching. And definitely no falling in love...

Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it's so not her style, the super-sexy guy sitting next to her is definitely game. No names. No details.

At least, that was the plan.

On her first day of work, Cameron discovers her hook-up is none other than Aidan Truitt—her new boss's boss. Talk about failing the “no fraternizing with coworkers” policy on an epic level. Especially when Aidan makes it clear their one night was only the beginning. Falling for him could cost her everything, but sometimes the only way to get what you want is by breaking a few rules..."

My Thoughts:

This book is the perfect read for New Adult fans! It has everything I love about the genre, without feeling like every other New Adult book I’ve read. Melissa West’s characters are always likable and her guys are always swoony. No Kissing Allowed was an addictive read and one I was able to finish in a few short hours.

Cameron is an awesome heroine and I related to her in so many ways. I was Cameron not too long ago; starting a new job in NYC and while unlike Cameron I have lived here my whole life, it is still a crazy life change. We are both independent and take pride in our success and the competitive streak is something I understand well. So yeah. Me and Cameron would get along just fine and I really loved that about her. I love seeing myself in a character and I saw a lot of myself in Cameron.

Aidan, our love interest, is so so swoony. It’s very easy to fall for him. He is driven and successful, but he is also charming and sweet and a great guy. He isn’t an alpha bad boy and I loved him all the more for that. He is simply a good guy and a realistic guy and one that any girl would be lucky to find. He has his hang ups, but everyone does. What I liked about Aidan is that he is willing to work and evaluate and admit when he is wrong. So yeah. Aidan is great.

Aidan and Cameron are great together. They are the kind of couple that makes each other stronger. They push one another to be better and don’t try to hold each other back. Despite Aidan being her boss, he never treats her as if he is superior or shows her any preferential treatment. I also loved the low level of angst in this one. Their relationship has the normal ups and downs, but there is no drama and angst just for the fun of it. It was so refreshing to read a book like that and it made me love it even more.

All in all, No Kissing Allowed was a great read and New Adult fans should definitely check this one out. Its quick and fun and swoony and not one to miss.

Release Week Blitz: Every Last Breath by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Epic Finale in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s

Dark Elements Series...Who Will She Choose?

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Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

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Roth cleared his throat. “Shortie, look…look at your hand.”
Look at my hand? Why in the world would he be asking me to do that in the midst of all the cray?
“Do it,” he said quietly and too gently.
The dread exploded in my gut like buckshot, and my gaze dropped to my left hand. I expected to see the weird marbling of black and gray, a mixture of the demon and Warden that existed inside of me and a combination I’d become almost familiar with by now. My nails had lengthened and sharpened, and I could tell they were hard enough to cut through steel, as hard as my skin, but my skin…it was still pink. Really pink.
“What the…?” My gaze traveled to my other hand. It was the same. Just pink. My wings twitched, reminding me that I had shifted.
Zayne swallowed. “Your…your wings…”
“What about my wings?” I almost screeched, reaching be‑ hind me. “Are they broken? Did they not come out—” The tips of my fingers came into contact with something as soft as silk. My hand jerked back. “What…”
Stacey’s watery eyes had doubled in size. “Um, Layla, there’s a mirror above the fireplace. I think you need to look in it.”
I met Roth’s gaze for a second before I spun around and all but ran to the fireplace I was sure Stacey’s mom had never used. Clutching the white mantel, I stared at my reflection.
I looked normal, like I did before I shifted…like I was going to class or something. My eyes were the palest shade of gray, a watered-down blue. My hair was so blond it was almost white, and a mess of waves that went in every direction like usual. I looked like a colorless china doll, which was nothing new, except for the two fangs jutting out of my mouth. I wouldn’t show them off at school, but that wasn’t what caught my attention and held it.
It was my wings.
They were large, not as massive as Zayne’s or Roth’s, and normally they were almost leathery in texture, but now they were black…black and feathered. Like legit feathered. That soft, silky thing I’d felt? It had been tiny feathers.
“Oh my God,” I whispered at my reflection. “I have feathers.”
“Those are definitely feathered wings,” Roth commented.
I whipped around, knocking over a lamp with my feathered right wing. “I have feathers on my wings!”
Roth cocked his head to the side. “Yeah, you do.”
He was absolutely no help, so I turned to Zayne. “Why do I have feathers on my wings?”
Zayne shook his head slowly. “I don’t know, Layla. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
“Liar,” hissed Roth, shooting him a dark look. “You’ve seen that before. So have I.”

9780373211142_prd_proof_FCSome loves will last ‘til your dying breath Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust. Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction. Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…
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JLA_Author-photo # 1 New York Times and # 1 International 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, 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. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

Love the topic this week!

Tessa, Hazel Grace, Will

Katy, Bella

Jocelyn, Hermione, Abby

Grace, Samantha

Monday, July 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Exposed (Captive #2) by: Brighton Walsh (Review)

Release Date: July 21, 2105
from St. Martins Griffin
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Love can be lost but never forgotten.  Beautiful, sophisticated, and engaged to the son of a Senator, Evie Masterson has the perfect life. Except for one thing: it's all based on a lie. Five years ago, she created a new identity for herself and cut all ties to her criminal past. But she can't run forever, because something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. And the only person there to help is the man she thought she left behind forever—the one man she's never been able to forget.

Devastatingly gorgeous and just as ruthless, Riley Everett is the criminal for hire who once stole Evie's heart. Years have gone by, but he's never been able to forget her either. Now her life is in jeopardy, and even after all this time, he'd still do anything to protect her, even if that means breaking into her mansion and stealing her away.

As they hide from the world, their long-lost passion reignites. But despite their undeniable chemistry, Evie can't give up the perfect life she's been working toward...and Riley has no part in it."

My Thoughts:

I have yet to read a book from Brighton Walsh that I didn’t enjoy and Exposed was no exception. While I didn’t enjoy Exposed as much as Captive, I still liked Riley and Evie’s story.

I adore second chance romances, so I really loved that aspect of this story. The chemistry between Riley and Evie is strong and it is clear that even though five years have gone by, they both still have strong feelings for one another. It was nice to watch these two find each other again and see how much they have changed over the years. But despite all of those changes, they still fit together perfectly. I do wish they had communicated a bit better, because they did have a tendency to use sex as avoidance, but they both come around. The backstory in this one made my heart hurt and I admired Evie for her strength.

I also enjoyed the suspense element. It wasn’t overly prominent, but it was a nice addition to the story. I was able to guess one of the twists, but I found it didn’t take away from the impact it had on the story. Brighton did a good job of blending the mystery, suspense, and romance to make an enjoyable read.

All in all, Exposed was a good read and I expected nothing less from Brighton. If you haven’t read anything from this author yet, you should change that.

About The Author:

Brighton Walsh is a storyteller at heart. Love is her first love, and writing about it is a dream come true. When she's not overwhelmed by the incessant chatter in her mind, you can generally find her with her nose buried in a steamy book or partaking in some retail therapy in the Midwest where she lives with her own real life hero and her two energetic kids who (fortunately) know nothing about the naughty things she puts down on paper.  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads | SMP Romance on Twitter

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Weekly Recap 7/26/2015

I was so good and didn't buy a single book this week! I did grab Beauty From Pain while it was free since I have heard good things about the book. For review I got Playing For Her Heart, which I am SUPER excited for. Nerdyness and schmexy times here I come! Big thanks to Entangled! Then I got a wonderful surprise prezzie from my bloggy Wifey in I Hunt Killers. She adores that book and I cannot wait to read it. Then I got some surprise books in Fishbowl, No Such Person, and Show And Prove. Thank you Random House and St Martins! Then last but not least, I got The Vampire Combat Field Guide Coloring Book which I am insanely excited over because I am a giant child! Thank you Berkley! 

Goodreads Links:
Beauty From Pain by: Georgia Cates
Playing For Her Heart by: Meagan Erickson
I Hunt Killers by: Barry Lyga
Fishbowl by: Bradley Somer
No Such Person by: Caroline B Cooney
Show and Prove by: Sofia Quintero

Oblivion by: Kelly Creagh
The Scorch Trials by: James Dashner


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by: James Dashner

Release Date: October 12, 2010
from Delacorte
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"Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive."

My Thoughts:

So I’m pretty sure this book gave me more questions than answers and the ending left me cranky because of reasons, but for the most part it was an enjoyable read. This really is a cool dystopian world and I do enjoy trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

Thomas is a great MC and I really love reading from his perspective. He is a great character and the kind of character it is very easy to root for. It’s amazing how much he has been though and how he continues to persevere. I also love Newt and I really missed him in this one and wish he had gotten more page time. Then we have Teresa who was a character I LOVED, so if you’ve read the book I’m sure you know I’m not thrilled with some of the developments concerning her character. That was probably my biggest struggle with the book. I was so frustrated with the things surrounding her. Also, the kinda sorta love triangle wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but whatever. The other thing that got to me a bit was that it did feel like a filler book in parts. Sure we moved along and got some answers, BUT there were aspects that felt repetitive to me. As a whole I liked the story and I found myself listening at every chance I got. I mean… its bananas and so much is going on. It’s just when I think back on it, I wish more had developed in the answer department.

The audio for this one is awesome. Mark Deakins is great and does a fantastic job with all of the different character voices. I’m always engaged and hooked.

The Scorch Trials is a good follow up to The Maze Runner. While I enjoyed the first book more, I still really enjoyed this one as well and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Burn, Rewrite, or Re-Read Tag!

Jessica from Lovin Los Libros tagged me in the Burn, Rewrite, or Re-Read Tag and I couldn't be more excited! So let's do this!

The rules: there are three rounds, wherein I use a random number picker applied to my “read” shelf on Goodreads for three books, and then decide what I’ll do to those three: burn, rewrite, or reread. 

Round One:

What kind of fresh hell is this?!?!

Burn: Okay, so by process of elimination I guess I would have to burn Runes because the other two books are two of my all time favorites never to be beaten. I really enjoyed that book but... yeah.
Rewrite: I think I would rewrite Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and it would be a very simple rewrite and would go something like this... "And then Harry went to the ministry and saw Sirius walk out from the other side of the veil and he wasn't dead. The end." I will never move on from that death... EVER!
Re-Read: I would definitely re-read Breakable because I absolutely adored that book and Lucas is the best!

Round Two:
Burn: Okay this one is pretty easy. Would definitely go with Fallen here. I just did not love those books.
Rewrite: Probably Until We Fly and nothing major. There was just some super fast healing on Brand's part that I would probably make take a bit longer.
Re-Read: Up In Flames for sure! I loved this book and I loved Cole! 

Round Three:

Burn: I'd have to go with Scan here just because I didn't love it as much as the other two books.
Rewrite: Definitely Becoming Rain! I would make Clara fess up to Luke sooner and clue him in and I would also add a bit more to the epilogue. I just wanted a little bit more of these two!
Re-Read: Near & Far!! Jesse and Rowen own me! Those two are one of my favorite fictional couples in the history of forever.

Okay that hurt my soul but was really fun! I am going to tag:
Michele and Mckenzie from A Belle's Tales
and anyone else who wants to play!

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