Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Read So Far In 2015


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

These lists are always so hard! It's been a good year in books. There is no particular order here.



Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Review: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by: Robin LaFevers

Release Date: Aoril 3, 2012
from HMH Books for Young Readers
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"Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?"


My Thoughts:

This book has been on my TBR for years now and with my new love of audiobooks I finally got around to it and my gosh this book was so good. I also loved how different it was from a majority of books I’ve read. It was a nice change of pace.

Grave Mercy is the kind of read that builds slowly. It gets off to a slower pace and everything unfurls bit by bit. This holds true for the romance too. It is a very slow burn, but then as the story builds it combusts. It’s intense and the love grows over time, which I think made it sweeter. And while the romance is growing there are plot turns left and right. All the political scheming made my head spin and I never knew who to trust. When you think the story is going one way, it ends up going in a completely different direction. I loved that it kept me on my toes and kept me questioning.

Ismae is a great character. She is multilayered and complex and realistic. She thinks she knows exactly what she wants in life, but once she gets out on her own she begins to question and finally become her own person. I loved watching her discover herself and I also loved watching her be a badass assassin. She is a great blend… she is awesome but still realistic and relatable. I wish she had learned to trust her gut quicker because her gut was usually right, but it was all part of her journey.

I also loved Gavriel for more reasons than I probably have time to mention. Most importantly I loved his devotion to his sisters. Nobody came before them and he was clearly willing to do anything for them and I admired that so much. He was smart and stubborn and strong. Simply a great character.

All in all, Grave Mercy was a very good read and I can’t believe it took me this long to get to it. A great blend of historical and fantasy that is not to be missed.

Audiobook Comments: The narrator for Grave Mercy was very good. I felt like she read at a good pace and there was good distinction between the different characters. I would definitely listen to something she narrates again.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekly Recap 6/28/2015


Another fun week in books! I grabbed some freebies: Off Limits and The Way You Look Tonight. I also grabbed Mayhem while it was on sale since I have heard great things about this book. Then I got Sins Of The Innocent which is a novella in the Providence series. I'm really excited to go back to this world! I got a surprise in Weightless, thank you St Martins! I also got All We Have Is Now for review. This one sounds very interesting so big thanks to Scholastic! Next up I got Strong Enough from the lovely Michelle and she also sent along an awesome bracelet! I adore Michelle and cannot thank her enough! Next up I needed a paperback of Dream of You because it is JLA. And last but not least I got some books from book outlet: Mortal Danger, True, Night of the Soul Stealer, and Attack of the Fiend.

Goodreads Links:
Off Limits by: Sawyer Bennett
The Way You Look Tonight by: Bella Andre
 Mayhem by: Jamie Shaw
Sins Of The Innocent by: Jamie McGuire
Weightless by: Sarah Bannan
All We Have Is Now by: Lisa Schroeder
Strong Enough by: M. Leighton
Dream Of You by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Mortal Danger by: Ann Aguirre
True by: Erin McCarthy
Night Of The Soul Stealer by: Joseph Delaney
Attack Of The Fiend by: Joseph Delaney
 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Blog Tour: Dream Of You (Wait For You #4.5) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout (Review and Excerpt)

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Welcome to my stop on the Review and Excerpt Tour for Dream Of You! Everyone knows I am a huge JLA fan, so I am super excited to be taking part today! 
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         "Abby Erickson isn't looking for a one-night stand, a relationship, or anything that involves any one-on-one time, but when she witnesses a shocking crime, she's thrust into the hands of the sexiest man she's ever seen - Colton Anders. His job is to protect her, but with every look, every touch, and every simmering kiss, she's in danger of not only losing her life but her heart also."


My Thoughts:

Everyone knows JLA is my favorite author, so it was kinda guaranteed that I would love this one and I did. Everyone has that author that their books just always seem to be a hit for them and JLA is that author for me. Her writing just pulls me in and I always love her books.

My favorite thing about Dream Of You was Abby. I related to Abby in so many ways and I loved that she was realistic. First off, her love of books will be relatable for any avid reader and this book has one of the best bookish quotes ever. I have re-read this quote so many times it’s not even funny. I want to have it monogrammed on everything. But other than that, I just liked her. She has self-confidence issues, but she tries so hard to fight them but she doesn’t always win and I so so got this. I really like how this was presented because it is so common. Every woman feels like this at one point and I really liked the way this was handled.

Of course Colton was incredibly swoony and he was such a great guy. He is an adult and he knows what he wants and he isn’t looking to mess around. He really is a good man and he was perfect for Abby. I love how he liked her for who she was. He liked her and her quirks and she didn’t have to pretend with him. It was really sweet and their chemistry was intense.

I also liked the suspense angle and thought it fit in nicely considering Colton’s career. I really like the way JLA subtly weaved in the suspense element and how it affected the characters. The way they were reunited may have sucked, but something good came out of it and I think they both deserved something good.

Dream Of You was a good read and fans of this series will want to check it out. There were some cameos from our favorite characters, which is always fun and this was another good addition. I am really glad we got Colton’s story.

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Excerpt:

The look on his face said he wasn’t so sure of that. “He followed you to your house and he hit you with a gun. You could’ve died, Abby. I—”

“Colton,” I tried again. “I’m serious. It wasn’t your fault. Okay? And you didn’t have to come over here to check on me. I’m okay. You’ve… you’ve done enough. You got your brother and Roxy to take me home and—”

“I’ve done enough? Obviously, I haven’t done enough.” His gaze found its way back to mine. “I need to make a couple of things clear. When you left Mona’s last night, you were upset. I get that. You just saw me walk out with Nicole and you left before I could say a single thing to you. Don’t pretend like you didn’t see that.”

 “Okay. You, um, seemed busy.” I swallowed, taking a step back. “So that…that’s your ex-fiancĂ©e? She’s gorgeous.”

“Yeah, she is.” His brows knitted as he stared down at me. “You know, I was hoping I would hear from you. I figured after Sunday, I was going to leave the ball in your court.”
He had? Had he given that message through man code? I wasn’t good at reading man code. 

“Obviously, you need to work through some issues and I was hoping that you would let me help you with that,” he continued. “I’m impatient though. I was planning on calling you last night, but my brother does this thing every week at his place—game night. It’s stupid, but fun. I thought I’d swing by his place for about an hour and then call you.”

I didn’t know what to say about any of that, but I wasn’t going to stand here like I was mute. I had a voice and I was going to use it. “But you were at Mona’s, with Nicole.”

“I was,” he said, a muscle flexing along his jaw. “I met her there on the way to Reece’s. When we broke up, there was a watch that my grandfather had given me before he passed away. One night at her place, I had taken it off and I never found it after that. Nicole finally found it.” Lowering his one hand to the pocket of his denim jeans, he fished out a gold watch that looked like it cost a pretty penny. “She wanted to talk. That’s why we were in Jax’s office.”

I stared at the watch and then watched him place it back in his pocket. Part of me felt like an idiot, but how would anyone really react in this situation?

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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.Website ** Facebook ** Twitter ** Author Goodreads

DREAM OF YOU Tour Schedule

June 24
People Like Books-Review and Excerpt 
Stuck in Books-Review and Excerpt 

June 25
Bittersweet Reads-Review & Excerpt 
Book Bumblings-Review 
Kimberlyfaye Reads-Review and Excerpt 
Read-Love-Blog-Excerpt 
The Eater of Books-Review and Excerpt

June 26
Fiction Fangirls-Review and Excerpt 
Nightly Reading-Excerpt 
Readers Live 1000 Lives-Review and Excerpt 

June 27
Always YA At Heart-Review & Excerpt 
Daydream Books-Review 
Red Hot + Blue Reads-Review and Excerpt 
Summer’s Book Blog-Review and Excerpt

June 28
Cocktails and Books-Review and Excerpt 
Little Read Riding Hood-Review and Excerpt 
Zili in the Sky-Review and Excerpt

June 29
Romance Obsessed Book Blog-Review and Excerpt 
Stuck in YA Books-Review and Excerpt 
The Cover Contessa-Review and Excerpt 
Travels n Reads-Review and Excerpt

June 30
Deity Island-Review and Excerpt 
Book Crushin-Review and Excerpt 
Books and Starlight-Review and Excerpt

July 1
iFandoms Collide-Excerpt 
Whatcha Reading-Review and Excerpt 

July 2
Book Reviews by Sandra-Review and Excerpt 
Book Starlets-Review and Excerpt 
Read My Mind-Review and Excerpt 
Scandalous Book Blog-Review and Excerpt 
What Danielle Did Next-Review and Excerpt

July 3
Books and Swoons-Review and Excerpt 
Books Unhinged-Review and Excerpt 
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom-Review and Excerpt 
Dark Faerie Tales-Review and Excerpt 
Love Between the Sheets-Review and Excerpt 
Luxen Army-Review 
Mean Girls Luv Books-Review and Excerpt


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #151: The Iron Warrior by: Julie Kagawa

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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"The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all. 

He killed me. 

Then, I woke up. 

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever. 


Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore."

This is how the synopsis makes me feel.

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I need to know how this series wraps up!


The Iron Warrior will be released on October 27, 2015.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Release Day Launch: Dream Of You by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's DREAM OF YOU!! DREAM OF YOU is a Contemporary Romance novella in Jennifer’s Wait For You Series! This is a 1001 Dark Nights novella so it is exclusively available as Amazon Kindle and Paperback. Grab your copy of this sexy novella today!!

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EXCERPT: 

Detective Hart asked a few more questions. Did I notice if they had gotten in a car? No. Was a name even spoken? Not that I recalled. Did they say anything to the man they shot? I wasn’t sure. Eventually, he got up and left the room to retrieve some photos they wanted me to look at. 

I was alone with Colton. Any other time I probably would’ve been beside myself with nervousness, but at this point, I barely registered his presence. All I wanted to do was go home and forget this night. 

 “Abby?” 

My gaze slowly lifted at the sound of my name. His voice was deep and gruff—a morning voice. 

He leaned toward me, placing his arms on the table. Short dark hairs dusted powerful forearms. The few times I’d seen him over the years, I hadn’t been in close proximity to him, but now I could see the tiny differences between the Colton I’d admired from afar in high school and the one sitting in front of me, some ten years later. Fine lines had formed around the corners of his eyes. His jaw seemed harder, and the five-o’clock shadow was something new. 

Something sexy. 

I really needed to stop thinking in general. 

“Are you sure you’re okay, Abby?” he asked, and real concern filled his voice. 

I shook my head slowly as a shiver raced down my spine. “Yes. No? I’m sorry. I’m so tired.” 

“I can imagine.” He glanced at the door as he moved his shoulders, as if working out a kink. “We’ll get you home soon.” 

Slouching in the metal chair, I sighed. “Is this…the start of your shift or…?” 

Colton’s cobalt gaze tracked back to me. “I usually get off around eight, but we work in cycles for homicide calls. It was our weekend.” 

“Sorry,” I whispered, and then frowned. “I don’t even know why I apologized. It’s got to be hard working those kinds of hours, having to be on call.” 

“I imagine it is for some, especially those with a family.” One side of his lips quirked up, and despite the dire situation, my stomach dipped a bit. He lifted his left hand. “Obviously, I’m not married. I wouldn’t know.”

  Dream of You - Teaser   
Abby Erickson isn't looking for a one-night stand, a relationship, or anything that involves any one-on-one time, but when she witnesses a shocking crime, she's thrust into the hands of the sexiest man she's ever seen - Colton Anders. His job is to protect her, but with every look, every touch, and every simmering kiss, she's in danger of not only losing her life but her heart also.



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. Website ** Facebook ** Twitter ** Author Goodreads
 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Book Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by: Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 10, 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.
"MARE BARROW'S WORLD IS DIVIDED BY BLOOD—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal."


My Thoughts:

There is a ton of hype surrounding this book and I’m not going to lie, that really worried me. I was excited for this book before the hype and then the hype just got me even more excited. As any reader knows, that can be the kiss of death for a book. I try not to set my expectation too high, but sometimes that just cannot be stopped. Red Queen though was a great read. I was hooked and invested in the story. My heart was ripped out and stomped on and I loved it. And oh the twists and turns…. so many twists and turns.

I have to start with Mare because I loved her. She is not the kind of heroine to just sit around. She is strong and tough and willing to make sacrifices for others. Simply put, she is a great heroine and the kind of heroine I wish I would be if I ever got put into a crazy bookish situation. Did she make mistakes? Absolutely. Did she make decisions that were questionable? Of course. But those are the things that make her relatable and believable. Also she has a good heart and her reasons are always good.

Now I know you’ve probably heard that this book is a tad bit love triangely and while I see it I also don’t necessarily agree with it. I can’t really say why, but by the end of the book you’ll get it. Also the story is so much more than the romance. This is Mare’s story. Not Mare and Cal or Mare and Maven… Mare and Mare’s alone. Both guys had their moments and I could see what drew her to both of them. In the end though I have a favorite that I’m pulling for and it is going to be a long road for these two to make it work, but I think they can get there. I’m kinda excited to see them get there. And now I’m thinking about this power couple and the things they can do and I just want to cackle with glee. But again, I’d totally accept it if Mare just decided to go off on her own and be the badass that she is by herself.

I think my favorite thing about Red Queen is the blend of genres. This is definitely a fantasy, but at the same time it feels like a dystopian. It’s basically a dystopian version of this fantasy world. That at one time this fantasy world operated all nice and then BAM all hell broke loose and the dystopian world is here. It’s pretty cool to see the elements I love of both genres brought together. It wasn’t something I’ve really seen before and I definitely enjoyed that.

The only thing with Red Queen is that it does take a bit to get going. When I think back on it, at times I really feel like it has two distinct portions to the story. The beginning really takes the time to set up the world and let the reader know what it is like to be a red. This does make the story feel a bit slow in the beginning but I never really felt bored either, so there is that. I was definitely invested from the beginning. And then there is the ending which is just bananas and has me dying to get my hands on the next book. So many twists and turns that had my head spinning.

Basically Red Queen is a great read and I think it really deserves the hype. The world is cool and I love the blend of genres. I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Weekly Recap 6/21/2015


I got some really exciting books this week, so there might be flailing. I grabbed two freebies: Remember When and Talking Dirty With The CEO. Then I grabbed Turtle Bay, Endless, and Empower while they were on sale. I have heard great things about Turtle Bay and I need to catch up on the Shirvington series. Then I got Heart & Soul. I absolutely adore this series and I really cannot wait to make time to read this one. I know it is going to destroy me but I am going to love every second of it. Next up I got The Midnight Queen off of NetGalley. This one just sounded like my kind of read, so I wanted to give it a shot. I also got Before We Were Strangers for review. I've always enjoyed Renee Carlino's books so I am looking forward to this one. I also got an early copy of Dream of You. I've already read this one, and no surprise, I loved it. Such a great novella. Then I had preorders for Grey and Scorched arrive. I'm nervous about Grey, but I'm curious so I want to give it a shot. Then Scorched I am really looking forward to and hope to make time to read it soon. I also received my Uppercase Box for June and got The Wrath and the Dawn as part of that. And last but not least, I got a gift card to Amazon so naturally I had to spend it right away. I got myself Under The Never Sky, Through The Ever Night, Velvet, and The Deal. 

Goodreads Links:
Remember When by: T. Torrest
Talking Dirty With The CEO by: Jackie Ashenden
Turtle Bay by: Tiffany King
Endless by: Jessica Shirvington
Empower by: Jessica Shirvington
Heart & Soul by: Nicole Williams
Before We Were Strangers by: Renee Carlino
Dream Of You by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Midnight Queen by: Sylvia Izzo Hunter
Scorched by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Grey by: E.L. James
The Wrath And The Dawn by: Renee Ahdieh
Under The Never Sky by: Veronica Rossi
Through The Ever Night by: Veronica Rossi
Velvet by: Temple West
The Deal by: Elle Kennedy

Reviews:
Take Me On by: Katie McGarry
Crimson Bound by: Rosamund Hodge

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