January 31, 2015

Review: Ever Darkening by Janeal Falor

Release Date: January 28th, 2015
Rating: 3 stars


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:

Perfection. Goodness. Elimination of evil. It's what seventeen-year-old Kaylyn has trained her entire life to achieve. But no one is prepared for the consequences of her actually defeating all evil people on the planet. Finally successful in her mission, Kaylyn faces an unfamiliar world, full of good people doing good things, in which she no longer has purpose.

When the skies grow dark, and a stranger from another village pleads for her help, her instincts roar to life. It turns out their perfect world isn't exactly what it seems. Kaylyn's new quest, harder than any she's been on before, will rip apart her friendships, her life, and her soul more than any evil man ever managed to.

January 30, 2015

ARC Review: City in Embers (Collector #1) by Stacey Marie Brown

Release Date: February 4th, 2015
Rating: 4 stars

I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Blurb:

Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe. After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.

But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.

When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey's whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.

Feature & Follow: Hard Copy or Kindle/Nook

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The point of Feature and Follow is to meet new people & gain followers in the book blog community!

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January 29, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

Hi everybody! Yesterday, Betsy from I Sold My Soul For Books nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!

The rules are very simple:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site.
2. Post the award's logo to your blog.
3. Answer the 10 questions you've been asked.
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and ask them 10 questions.


January 27, 2015

Review: Ignite (Ignite #1) by Erica Crouch

Release Date: June 11th, 2013
Rating: 4 stars

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed.



As Hell prepares for war - spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army - the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

January 25, 2015

ARC Review: Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton

Release Date: February 10th, 2015
Rating: 4 stars!

Received ARC in exchange for honest review.

Blurb:

The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. And she'll be with the boy she loves--who's also her best friend.

But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.

And now it's too late to walk away.

Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Rating: 4.5 stars!
Note: This review is based on my old thoughts and a reread of the novel I just did recently.

Blurb:
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.



Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.



When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

January 22, 2015

Feature & Follow: Do You Post Your Reviews Anywhere Besides Your Blog?

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January 21, 2015

Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer


Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Rating: 4.5 stars!
Note: This review is based on my old thoughts and a reread of the novel I just did recently.




Blurb:
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


Waiting on Wednesday: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

The weekly event helps bloggers spotlight the upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating!

The book I am dying for wait for is Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer!


January 19, 2015

Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Rating:
4.5 stars!
Note: This review is based on my old thoughts and a rereading of the novel I did recently.


Blurb:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Review: Arouse (Spiral of Bliss #1) by Nina Lane

Release Date: January 24, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars


Downloaded a free copy on Amazon.

Blurb:

"One day I'm going to touch you in a thousand different ways and show you how to touch me," he said. And he did.


Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv's inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure. But after three years of a blissful, lusty marriage, Liv and Dean now face a crisis that threatens everything they believe about each other. And when dark secrets and temptations rise to the surface, the fallout might break them apart forever.

January 18, 2015

YA Novels I Can't Wait For in 2015

Too many books, too little time! 2014 was a great year in the Young Adult book world. Unfortunately, I was stuck in a reading slump for half the year! So now, in early 2015, I'm trying to catch up on all the 2014 novels so that I'm ready for the 2015 releases. Le sigh!

Anyway, here is a list of the YA books I'm most excited about for 2015.


January 15, 2015

Review: Never Never (Part 1) by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher


Release Date: January 7th, 2015
Rating: 4.5 Stars


Blurb:

Best friends since they could walk.
In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.


He’ll do anything to remember.
She’ll do anything to forget.



Review: Fracture Me (Shatter Me Novella) by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: December 17th, 2013
Rating: 4.5 Stars (even though I wanted to rate it no stars cause I hate Adam!)


Blurb:
As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam's focus couldn't be further from the upcoming battle. He's reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend's life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James's safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It's time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam's newly discovered half brother, won't be that easy. The Reestablishment can't tolerate a rebellion, and they'll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Review: Destroy Me (Shatter Me Novella) by Tahereh Mafi

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Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Rating: 5 Stars!!


Blurb:
Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of…

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Feature & Follow: Doubles of Books


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January 13, 2015

Review: At One's Beast by Rachel Barnard

Release Date: July 24th, 2014
Rating: 2.5 Stars

Received copy from author in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:
Every girl and boy in the village of Frey fears the beast who lives in the forest. Ten years ago, the beast was formed from the town’s rage — and the evil that lurks inside all people in moments of weakness. Every year since, the townspeople have sacrificed one of their own to appease his anger. This year the sacrifice does not go as planned. A young man saves the chosen girl from fate. She is torn between doing her duty and untangling the identity of her savior and captor. The young man grew up with thoughts of revenge on the town that turned their backs on him, but when he is close to the girl, he is reminded of who he used to be. From once upon a time to happily ever after, the people of Frey will have to rally together to rid the town of evil once and for all, but in the process will they destroy everything that is good in their world?

January 11, 2015

Feature & Follow: Do you have any fun collections (other than books)?


This is my first Feature & Follow!


Feature & Follow is hosted by two wonderful bloggers: Parajunkee from Parajunkee's View & Alison from Alison Can Read.

The whole point is to gain new followers and make new friends in the book blogging community by bloghopping! (:

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Review: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Rating: 5 Well-Deserved Stars!!






Blurb:
With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world … but that’s not all he wants with her.

New 50 Shades of Grey Trailer

Brand new footage in the new 50 Shades of Grey trailer! Just uploaded today!






"Mr. Grey will see you now."


Omgsh! I seriously cannot wait! I'm tempted to pre-order tickets on Fandango, but I don't think that's how my fiance wants to spend Valentine's Day. Lol.

Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars!


Blurb:
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time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

January 10, 2015

Never Never: Part 2 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher - May 17, 2015 Release Date!

Ah, I really need to get on it and read Never Never: Part 1! I hear it's a good read and full of questions that readers are dying to get the answers to!

Pre-order your copy of Never Never: Part 2 on iTunes now! Pre-orders will be available on Amazon (US) & Barnes and Noble soon!

January 8, 2015

Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

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Release Date: November 15, 2011
Rating: 4.5 Stars


Blurb:


I have a curse.I have a gift.

I’m a monster.I’m more than human.

My touch is lethal.My touch is power.

I am their weapon.I will fight back.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

Bloodlines 6: The Ruby Circle - February 10, 2015

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1 month & 2 days away! cannot freakin’ wait!!

Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher Released Early!

Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Best friends since they could walk.In love since they were fourteen.Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember.She’ll do anything to forget.

So excited! Comes out January 15th! What am I gonna read til then?!

Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
Best friends since they could walk.
In love since they were fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember.
She’ll do anything to forget.



Ahhh, I have too much on my plate to sit down and dedicate a few hours to this right now. I want to read it so bad!

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Rating: 4 stars


Blurb:
A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret.



Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness

Publish Date: January 1st, 2008
Publisher: Walker
Rating: 3.5 / 5
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Blurb:
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

Review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


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Publish Date: October 22nd, 1999
Publisher: Puffin
Rating: 2.5 / 5
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I borrowed a copy from my local library.

Blurb:
Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.