Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weekly Recap 1/31/2016


I got some super pretty books this week. I grabbed Throttled as a freebie because pretty cover and it sounded good. Then for review I got The Fable of Us (so excited... love all things Nicole Williams... Big thanks to Nicole Williams!) and Unrivaled (this one just sounded really good... thanks Harper!). I was surprised I was able to resist so many of the new pretties on edelweiss from Harper but I did. Next up I grabbed Three Sacred Words because I always enjoy Christina's books. Then I got myself a pretty signed copy of Passenger. My favorite indie bookstore Books of Wonder had a coupon and I couldn't pass it up, so I got myself Passenger. Then I got myself the new cover for White Hot Kiss because I must have all JLA books. I also got a paperback copy of Outtakes From The Grave because I am obsessed with that world. And then something I am SO excited over. I got the original cover of Delirium! I ADORE this book and have been searching for this cover for a while. I stumbled across another blogger who was selling a bunch of old books and she had it and I just had to jump on it. Seriously I have been searching for years for this book. So if anyone else is searching for books, definitely worth checking out Book Love 101, she has a ton of books. And then last but not least, I bought a pretty copy of Sweet Nothing since starting February it will no longer be available (so if anyone wants this one I suggest you grab it today). 

Goodreads Links:
Throttled by: Elizabeth Lee
The Fable of Us by: Nicole Williams
Unrivaled by: Alyson Noel
Three Sacred Words by: Christina Lee 
Passenger by: Alexandra Bracken
White Hot Kiss by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Outtakes From The Grave by: Jeaniene Frost
Delirium by: Lauren Oliver
Sweet Nothing by: Jamie McGuire and Teresa Mummert

Reviews:
First Drop Of Crimson by: Jeaniene Frost
Greta and the Lost Army by: Chloe Jacobs (Giveaway too!)

Other Fun:

Friday, January 29, 2016

On My Shelf: Flight by: Alyssa Rose Ivy

On My Shelf is a new feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments. 

I bought this book forever ago and I am pretty sure it was that cover that drew me in! Also the paranormal element is just not something you see everywhere. But then like so many books I buy, it just sat on my kindle unread and it is still sitting there today. I honestly kinda forgot it was on there. But once I scrolled past it I remembered being really interested and I remembered that Vi really liked this one and now I am trying to think of a break in my reading schedule where I can fit it in.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Review: Greta And The Lost Army (Mylena Chronicles #3) by: Chloe Jacobs

Release Date: February 1, 2016
from Entangled Teen
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"After spending the last four years trapped in a place of monsters, demons, and magick, the last thing the fierce teenage bounty hunter Greta expected was to ever be back on Earth. But a rare opportunity gives her and the Goblin King Isaac the opportunity to do just that. Now she’s home. With a boy in tow. And her parents have lots of questions.

Although Greta finally has her heart’s deepest wish—to see her family again—every step she takes to reconnect with them drives her further away from Isaac. Greta and Isaac planned for her to return to Mylena and become his queen, but she’s not sure if she can go back to that harsh world, though staying on Earth means giving up the boy she loves.

But a powerful enemy refuses to let Greta escape. A demon who will stop at nothing to destroy her and everything she loves. Even if it means following her to Earth and forcing her to face a fate as unavoidable as love itself."

My Thoughts:

What a conclusion! Series conclusions always make me nervous, because there is just so much you want to happen, but Greta and the Lost Army delivered in every single way. I have loved this series and I’m so sad that I have to say goodbye but I say goodbye in the most content way possible. This was a solid conclusion and I devoured it. The moment I started reading I did not stop until I was done.

Greta is such a fantastic heroine and I love that this is her story. She is the main driver and the one who saves the day. She is willing to go to extreme lengths and she never thinks of giving up. I love how much she has grown over the course of the series and I loved watching her come to realize how strong she really is.

Of course I adore Isaac. I think it’s safe to say I’m one of his biggest fan girls and my oh my did he deliver. I mean, I’ve always love him but he outdid himself in this one and I was super happy with how much Isaac we got in this book. I think my favorite thing about Isaac… aside from his swoon… is how he complements Greta. He knows she is strong and can take care of herself and while he is protective he never tries to hold her back. He helps her and they work as a team and most importantly he believes in her and knows she has to potential to do great things. That is so important.

I also love our secondary characters. I really warmed up to Wyatt and Siona is so fierce! Of course the villain is creepy and I hate him, which is exactly how it should be.

The world building is another thing I love. Mylena feels so real and I can visualize it so well! And the way Chloe blended our world with Mylena in this one was fantastic. It was a great balance between the two. Then we have the plot, which had my stomach in knots. For the last ten percent I really thought I was going to be sick I was so damn nervous. I was freaking out! And I need to have a special shout out for the prologue and the last line of the book. The prologue was everything! And the last line was the PERFECT way to close out the series.

Greta and the Lost Army was a fantastic conclusion and I am so sad that I have to say goodbye to Greta and Isaac. This is a series that fantasy fans need to add to their TBR. You will not be disappointed.


Giveaway:

I have some super pretty Mylena Chronicles bookmarks to giveaway
-five winners will win a Mylena Chronicles bookmark (pictured above)
-giveaway is open to the US only
-must be 18 years of age to enter
-I am not responsible for lost or damaged items
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #177: A Court Of Mist And Fury by: Sarah J. Maas

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.


"Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights."
I am both nervous and excited for this book.... mostly excited though. SJM is one of my very favorite authors and ACOTAR owns my heart.

A Court Of Mist And Fury will be released on May 3, 2016.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie: Books With Green Covers


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

This week was a freebie for TTT and I decided to do something completely and totally random. I am going to feature my ten favorite books that have green covers. Why? Because I love green and because I couldn't think of another topic.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Book Review: First Drop Of Crimson (Night Huntress World #1) by: Jeaniene Frost

Release Date: February 9, 2010
from Avon
Goodreads | Amazon


"The night is not safe for mortals.

Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows – her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield – and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s dark past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness – and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who craves a taste of her.

He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human – even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the demon nightmare together…

Because once the first drop of crimson falls, they will both be lost."


My Thoughts:

I’m not going to lie; I went into this book excited but also really nervous. I absolutely adore Cat and Bones and I just didn’t know how Spade and Denise would measure up, but I ended up loving Spade and Denise so much. The Night Huntress Universe is fantastic and I’m not sure there will ever come a day when I have had enough.

I’ve always loved Spade… from the moment Cat tackled him to the ground I have loved his character, but Spade as a hero of a book was so much better than I ever could have hoped for. Spade is so freakin hot. I loved him and I loved how direct he was once he realized how he felt about Denise. The reader never doubted his feelings and that just makes it so much easier to fall for him.

Denise as a heroine is also awesome. I loved watching her grow over the course of the novel. She really comes into her own over the course of the book and becomes such a strong character. I always knew I liked her but I like her even more now.

Denise and Spade together were absolutely wonderful. I read these kind of out of order. I finished the Night Huntress books before diving into the spin off novels, so I knew that I liked them together but seeing how it all happened and REALLY getting to see them together was fantastic. Their chemistry is amazing and they simply fit well together.

Of course I loved getting to see Cat and Bones again briefly. Those two forever own a piece of my heart so checking in with them was nice. Oh and seeing Ian was great. He is so so funny, even though he is a royal pain in the butt. But I feel the need to say this. If you are expecting Denise and Spade to be Cat and Bones then you will be disappointed. Spade and Denise are not them and they shouldn’t be, they are their own characters. You have to go into the book knowing what you are getting. I knew that Denise and Spade would be different and I ended up loving it.

First Drop Of Crimson was a fantastic addition to the Night Huntress Universe. I absolutely adore Spade and Denise and I’m already dying to read some more spin off novels.

The Monday Musts 1/25/2016

The Monday Musts is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome Jessica at Lovin Los Libros. This is a fun way to share a must read book, a must listen to song/album/artist, and a must see (can be anything). I'm really excited to be taking part in this feature and I'm sure it will be a ton of fun.

Must Read:
My  must read this week is the Mylena Chronicles by Chloe Jacobs. I absolutely loved this series. It is such a fun fantasy read. I recently finished the final book in the series and it was so hard to say goodbye, but I loved the conclusion.

Must Listen:
My must listen this week comes from the Broadway Musical Hamilton. I am obsessed and I want to see this in the absolute worst way. Unfortunately getting tickets is basically like finding a unicorn. So I must content myself with listening to the soundtrack over and over again for now. So the song I picked this week is Burn. I really like the entire soundtrack, but I tried to pick a song that could be enjoyed out of context. I however would recommend you just listen to the entire thing, cause it is fab-tastic.

Must See:
My must see this week is the new Harry Potter funkos. Funko recently announced that they would be releasing the second wave of Harry Potter funkos in March and they are up for pre-order in the Harry Potter Shop. I may or may not have splurged and pre-ordered them all because can't stop won't stop. I love this second wave: Luna, Draco, Goblet of Fire Golden Trio! But my FAVORITE new one is Sirius Black. He is forever my favorite character and I cannot wait until I have him in my hands!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Weekly Recap 1/24/2016


I was so good this week and didn't buy a single book. I of course grabbed some freebies that I just couldn't pass up... but I never see the harm in grabbing freebies since even if I never read them well I didn't pay for them. So for freebies I grabbed Evanescent, Redemption River, With Visions of Red, and Being Jamie Baker. And then the book I am most excited about this week is The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I cannot believe I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this one and I am reading it as we speak because I have no restraint and had to dive in ASAP. 

Goodreads Links:
Evanescent by: Addison Moore
Redemption River by: Lindsay Cross
With Visions of Red by: Trisha Wolfe
Being Jamie Baker by: Kelly Oram
The Power by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Reviews:
Night Huntress #1-3 by: Jeaniene Frost (Nicole Speaks)
Slumber by: Samantha Young

Other Fun:
Waiting On Wednesday: Nightstruck by: Jenna Black

Friday, January 22, 2016

On My Shelf: Losing It by: Cora Carmack

On My Shelf is a new feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments. 

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I have a feeling a lot of people are going to yell at me for this one and I really have no idea why I haven't read this one yet. Really I think I just haven't gotten to it yet because I keep getting caught up in other books and series. I have this one on my kindle and I even have a signed copy and yet I still haven't squeezed it in. I know I am going to love it so I have no excuse really.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Book Review: Slumber by: Samantha Young

Release Date: May 17, 2011
Goodreads | Amazon

"Molded by a tragic childhood, nineteen-year-old Rogan finds it extremely difficult to trust people. Now Haydyn, her best friend and the one person she does trust, is dying and only Rogan can save her.

Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure Haydyn and subsequently the ills that will befall them all if she dies, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a protector she distrusts above all others.

Wolfe Stovia.

The son of the man who destroyed Rogan’s family.

At a constant battle of wills with the handsome Captain of the Guard, Rogan just knows this adventure together will be fraught with tension. She never imagined, however, that the quest would be so dangerous… not least of all when she finds herself falling for a man she could have sworn was her no.1 enemy…

(New Adult, Fantasy Romance: recommended for ages 17+ contains mature situations and some strong language)"


My Thoughts:

I loved this book so much! I have read a bunch of Samantha Young books, but this was my first fantasy of hers and I can’t get over how much I loved it. I would love to see her write some new fantasy because she does it so well. Slumber was a great read and I loved getting lost in this world. I am so happy I finally made time for this one. Yay audiobooks!

I have to start with Rogan because I really liked her a lot. Rogan is one tough cookie, but she isn’t without her faults. She can be incredibly stubborn and she doesn’t always think things through but she is determined and fierce and smart. She may not be strong in a fighter sense, but when her friend is in trouble she steps up with no questions asked and sets out to do what needs to be done. As much as this is a romance, it is also Rogan’s story and her journey of how she learns who she is.

Then we have Wolfe who is simply awesome. I looooooved Wolfe. Wolfe is another stubborn one, so I loved watching him and Rogan butt heads. Wolfe is strong and intimidating and intense. I loved how protective he was of Rogan and it was so obvious he cared for her. It was hard for him to show it, but you could see it. I felt really bad for him because Rogan just wouldn’t give him the time of day for so long.

The romance between Rogan and Wolfe was such a slow burn and I ate it up. Sometimes it was agonizingly slow but in the best way possible. I could feel the tension leaping off the pages. These two went at it so much, but you could see underneath it that they fought so much because they were trying to cloak how they truly felt. It takes Rogan a long time to come to terms with the way she feels about Wolfe, and while her back and forth can be frustrating for the reader, it also makes complete sense. I mean, Wolfe’s father killed her family… that isn’t something that’s easy to get over. Even when she recognizes how she feels, it’s tough because she feels as if she is betraying her family. So while I may have wanted her to just stop thinking and kiss, I totally understood why she felt the way she did and acted the way she did.

Other than the romance though, this world is also great. I loved the magic and the danger. I loved that there was such a strong female friendship and the lengths Rogan was willing to go to for her best friend. This was a great world to get lost in and I loved how big Samantha made it. The different range of magic was so interesting and the idea of a sleeping sickness was really intriguing. Just all around a great plot and world.

All in all, Slumber was a really great read and I loved this one from beginning to end. I can’t recommend this one to fantasy fans enough.

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