Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 reading/writing resolutions

This year I read 116 books which is pretty awesome because my goal was to read a hundred only. In 2015, my goal is to read at least 50 books. The reason I put down the number of books I plan on reading is because next year will be a very busy year for me. I will be graduating from HS in June and starting college in the fall. A lot of studying to do. *sigh*  I also am planning on reading more classics and non-fiction, this will prepare me for college. I love fiction, that's all I want to read but if I want to study literature, I need to read a lot of classics.

Next year will also be a year of writing for me. In 2014, my goal was to read as  much as possible so in 2015, I can start writing stories with a better writing style. I'm pretty nervous but I believe I can do it.

Also, I'm participating in the POP SUGAR 2015 READING CHALLENGE! 

Bout Of Books 12.0

JANUARY 5th TO JANUARY 11th 2015


I love Read-A-Thons!I'm so excited for the bout of books 12.0 because I have a ton of unread books that I can't wait to read! Even though I'll probably be busy at school, I'll still try to read as much as I can. I will post a TBR pile for the read-a-thon soon.  Feel free to sign up! (:


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

TOP 5 YA Contemporary reads of 2014

1. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Book review: Since You've Been Gone
Great book about friendship, love and a girl who learns more about herself.





2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
I didn't write a full review on this book but I have to say that I really loved the story . I read this after reading Anna And The French Kiss, even though I loved and praised Anna's story, I believe My Life Next Door is a tiny bit better.




3. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Book review: To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Even though the cliffhanger at the end killed me, this book is still in my favorite list.



4. Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Book review: Isla and the happily ever after
Fantastic and very cute contemporary read. Some people didn't like it but I loved it, it was so cute. 




5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I haven't written a review for this book. Gotta say this book was amazing. I felt like I traveled all around Europe and learned a lot about Shakespeare's plays. So, if you like travelling, Shakespeare and romance, this book is perfect for you.



*These are not my pictures, I do not take any credits for it.*

Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: Hold On Tight (Sea Breeze #8) by Abbi Glines

Genre: NA/ Contemporary Romance
Publication date: June 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Read: December 2014
Pages: 288
Rating: 4/5

Summary:
Six years ago, Dewayne Falco's life changed. He lost someone he never expected to lose. Resigned to punish himself for something he felt he could have prevented, he goes through life without getting too close to anyone.

What he didn't expect was for the girl across the street to move back home and remind him of what they both lost: Dewayne's younger brother Dustin. However, when a miniature version of Dustin opens the door to greet him, Dewayne realizes he might not have lost everything after all.

Sienna Roy loved Dustin Falco most of her life. He was the boy next door, the high school basketball star and her best friend. But when his life was cut short, she realized he left a part of himself behind.

Now, she's back in Sea Breeze, thankful to have a home for her and Dustin's son, but not sure if she can ever forgive the people across the street who abandoned her when she needed them the most — The Falcos.

Betrayal, lies, and forbidden attraction might end Dewayne and Sienna's story before it's even begun.


My review:

I've been wanting to read this for such a longtime but I didn't have money to buy it at that time. These past few months were pretty damn stressful for me at school and work. When vacation started I pretty much read half of the unread books on my shelf. Then I received an itunes gift card for Christmas and used that to buy Hold On tight

Before I read this book, I read the sample a few weeks before and I regretted reading it because it just made me want to read the whole thing, but I couldn't because I didn't have money to buy it. Lesson learned. Never read the sample if you don't have money to buy the book. It drove me crazy. 

Because you healed  me. When no one else could.


I really adored Micah, Sienna's son, so damn much. He was so cute and smart I just wanted to play with him all day. I like how he said somethings he wasn't supposed to say. It was adorable. 

I was really looking forward in learning more about Dewayne because in the past few books, he was just a guy who liked to have fun, he was chill, funny and mysterious. But in this book, he was just different. Sure, there was some scenes where he sounded like the Dewayne we know but for the most part, he was just like the other guys. It wasn't a big problem though, I learned to ignore it and just continue on with the story. The thing I really liked about Dewayne is how he really loved his younger brother Dustin, it was really nice to read how he cared about him so much. 

Sienna, at first I really liked her character but as the story progressed, she got a little annoying because it felt like she wanted everyone to like her right away and if they didn't she didn't want them in her life. Like girl, give them some time. Gee.

The story was really good. There was a lot of scenes that made me laugh. However, was it my favorite of the series? No. I felt like everything was a rush. It was happening too fast and I wished there was more. But again, I always want more when it comes to Abbi's books. 


TOP 10+1 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2015

These books are in no particular order. I'm really looking forward on reading all of them next year. 


Frostfire(Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/ YA
Publication date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 336
Goodreads summary:
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.
Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.
But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?
My thoughts:
I'm really excited about exploring the Trylle world again. The Trylle Trilogy (Switched,Torn,Ascend) made me the reader I am today and I loved that series so much. When I heard Mrs. Amanda was working on another series set in the Trylle World, it made my whole day. It's coming out next week and I can't wait!

 I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Genre: Contemporary/ YA
Publication date: January 27th, 2015
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pages: 288
Goodreads summary:
Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.
 
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
 
I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.


My thoughts:
I thought this was a companion novel to the If I Stay duology but I found out it wasn't. It's a new story, a new book written by Gayle Forman and I can't wait to read it. The cover is absolutely beautiful and the summary is very intriguing. I wasn't a big fan of the If I stay duology but I really loved Just One Day, Just One Year and Just One Night


*Not the official cover*

P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I've Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ YA
Publication date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Pages: 288
Goodreads summary:
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing.


My thoughts:
I am so GLAD this book is coming out because the cliffhanger at the end of To All The Boys I've Loved Before sucked! I was literally pissed off. I also thought it was coming out in April, now it's expected two months later. Sigh, anyways, I'm just glad Ms. Jenny Han wrote this book. 


The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass
Publication date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: Harperteen
Pages: 343
Goodreads summary:
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought. 

My thoughts:
I literally screamed when I heard Mrs. Kiera was going to write 3 more books in the Selection series. The fact that the protagonist is the daughter of Maxon and America is PERFECT. This is going to be like the Bachelorette but even better! And it's coming out the day after my birthday! YAY!


Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers
Publication date: February 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368
Goodreads summary:
The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them. 

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?

My thoughts:
I can't wait for this book too. I loved Alienated and I considered it as one of the best books I read this year. I can't wait to hear more about Aelyx and Cara's love story. Also, if you didn't know it yet, Melissa Landers wrote a novella about Cara and Aelyx that is free everywhere it's called "Until Midnight", so if you haven't already, go check it out. 


The cover of The Queen & The Courtesan
isn't out yet
The Queen & The Courtesan (The Ring & The Crown #2) by Melissa De La Cruz
Publication date: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 384
Goodreads summary:
Princess Marie-Victoria of England and France has recently wed Kronprinz Wolfgang von Hohenzollen in grand and glorious fashion. As love blossoms into burning passion between the two childhood friends, their growing and tender bond is threatened by jealousies of past paramours. 

Ronan Astor returns to London Society on the arm of a mysterious French count, looking more ravishing than ever, and her very presence at court promises to cause havoc in the royal marriage and beyond. Can Marie and Wolf learn to trust each other in time to save their love and their kingdom?

Meanwhile, the empire's enemies gather, with Iron Knights sparking rebellion in the countryside and Jeanne of Arrk's dark witches rumored to have risen from the dead. 

On the eve of Marie-Victoria's coronation, when the legendary island of magic is breached, and Avalon in danger, Aelwyn Myrddyn, the empire's head mage, must make a choice between her heart and her home. But as the truth behind Aelwyn's past deeds come to light, the young queen and her mage face their greatest obstacle yet. Each other.

Sacrifice is not just a ritual. Because this is still the Court of St. James where no one can be trusted. And the games continue…

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed reading The Ring & The Crown which was a little surprising because I never thought I'd like it. The story was very interesting and I really liked Wolfgang but I don't think him and Marie-Victoria are meant to be together so I can't wait for the sequel to find out what's going to happen next. 


The cover of Arclight isn't out yet

Arclight (Ignite #2) by Lily Paradis
Publication date: unknown
Publisher: unknown
Pages: unknown
Goodreads summary: 
Dean's perpective

My thoughts:
I did think there was something missing after I read Ignite and I'm also glad Ms. Lily will or already wrote Arclight which is Dean's POV of Ignite. I really adored Dean so I can't wait!
When I'm Gone (Rosemary Beach #11) by Abbi Glines
Publication date: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 272
Goodreads summary:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?

My thoughts:
Honestly, I'm always looking forward to read any books from Abbi Glines so it's no surprise this book along with the sequel and the Field Party are on this list.


When You're Back (Rosemary Beach #12) by Abbi Glines
Genre: NA/ Contemporary Romance
Publication date: June 30th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 256
Goodreads summary:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in her beloved Rosemary Beach series, which continues the story of Mase and Reese from When I’m Gone.

The future is bright for Reese Ellis. She has Mase Colt-Manning, the man of her dreams, and a family she didn’t know existed until her long-lost father arrived on her doorstep in Rosemary Beach. After growing up with a cruel mother and abusive stepfather, Reese is eager to get to know the caring and charming man who wants to be a part of her life. Everything is finally falling into place.

While Reese is visiting her new family in Chicago, Mase spends time with his “cousin,” Aida, who has worshipped him since childhood. Though they’re unrelated by blood, Mase and Aida have been raised to think of each other as family. But when Reese returns, she can tell something isn’t quite right with Aida, who clearly resents Reese and excels at manipulative little games. And though Mase is unsuspecting, Reese knows Aida doesn’t love him like a cousin should...




The Field Party Series by Abbi Glines
A new YA series set in the world of Southern bad boys, pickup trucks, football and high school field parties.
Coming in the Fall of 2015.

Volition by Lily Paradis
Genre: NA
Publication date: February 9th, 2015
Publisher: Unknown
Pages: Unknown
Goodreads summary:
*PRE-ORDER NOW: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QCSU4VE

You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that stays with you, then tears you apart slowly at first, and all at once shreds every fiber of your being? 
It’s because you’re contradicting the universe. 

Everything lines up so perfectly that you couldn’t have imagined it to work out better, but then you have to go and do everything humanly possible to ruin it because you can’t stand to have it go right? 

That’s what I did. 


I did it because there’s a darkness that surrounds me, and I think I want it there. 

My name is Tate McKenna, and my soul is blacker than my heart.

My thoughts: 
I loved Lily Paradis' book Ignite and she said this book is way different from it which makes it more intriguing. The look of the cover and the summary, this novel sounds really dark and I just can't wait to read something different. Besides, my goal in 2015 is to read different books from different genres. Although this book is still NA, I still consider it different from the books I mostly read. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary/YA
Publication date: May 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Read: December 2014
Pages: 449
Rating: 5/5

Summary:
The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell. 

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.


Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?



Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?



Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?



Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

My review:
I heard so many great things about this book and I absolutely love the hardcover. I read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson before and it was amazing, I gave it a 5/5 stars. Since You've Been Gone though, was over the top. If I could give a  7/5 stars, I would. It was so good! First of all, I want to talk about the characters because I loved them all. I can really see myself as Emily because we were pretty much alike. I love to run, I wasn't part of the cross-country team because we don't have that at our school, but we have a running club and I was part of it. I'm also very shy and awkward, sometimes I couldn't talk properly with people, it's embarrassing. Frank, even though it was mentioned he had a girlfriend, for some reason the moment he appeared in a scene, I knew he was going to end up with Emily. I just knew and you just had to keep reading until the end to find out where their friendship was going. Dawn was such a good friend. I didn't expect her to be around much but I loved that she was there for Emily. Collins was very funny and I liked how he teased Emily sometimes. Emily's brother was an absolute cutie and his relationship with his older sister reminds me a little bit of mines with my younger brothers. Gideon, even though we haven't seen him much, I was glad he was mentioned in the story. I thought he was a bad boyfriend at first but it turned out, he was actually a pretty good guy but I'm still figuring out why it hadn't work between him and Emily. Sloane, I loved her list and we haven't seen her much either but I learned to love her character. I really felt like she truly loved Emily. I had a best friend before and I always doubted that she cared about me like I cared about her. Distance killed our being best friends and the fact that she didn't tell me her problems when I always did, it's too bad we didn't figure things out but we remained good friends, just not like before. This book wasn't only about romance but mostly about friendship and if you haven't read it yet, I highly highly recommend it. (=

About the author:
Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize. It has since been published in five different languages and six different countries.

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

COVER REVEAL #1: VOLITION BY LILY PARADIS

Back Cover Description:

v o l i t i o n
You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that stays with you, then tears you
apart slowly at first, and all at once shreds every fiber of your being?

It’s because you’re contradicting the universe.

Everything lines up so perfectly that you couldn’t 
have imagined it to work out any better, but then you 
have to go and do everything humanly possible to 
ruin it because you can’t stand to have it go right?

That’s what I did.

I did it because there’s a darkness that surrounds me, 
and I think I want it there.

My name is Tate McKenna, 
and my soul is blacker than my heart.


Excerpt #1:
Right now it’s not enough to have just a little bit of Hayden.
I want all of him.
I want to be engulfed by him.
I want him to set me on fire and burn me until I’m nothing but ashes.
And then I want him to set a flame to those ashes, because he’s the only one who can.

Excerpt #2:
I look up into the sky to see all of the drops falling on the ground before they make contact. I realize the drops have more in common with me than I think. We’re all just falling until we’re not falling, and we don’t really have a choice where we land.

Mini-Reviews:
"A read that will keep you on your toes until the very end. Genius!"
Makayla (The Book Life)

"This is a twisted tale... that you can relate to."
Bryce (Novels to Song)

“Beautifully twisted...A novel that shocks and surprises, and is not your typical love story. A gripping read filled with complex characters, dark humor and lyrical writing that leaves you wanting more! Paradis produced a story that carried a lot of emotion that dealt with love, relationships, and the darkness that surrounds death and the mark it leaves on those who have escaped it.”
Ashley F. (Falling Down the Book Hole)

"The story was lined with black and drowned in glitter... Volition is one of those books that makes you reflect on life's past, present, and future."
Abbey (Books a la Mode)

"I could not put this beautiful and dark tale of Tate McKenna down! Be with her as she discovers the impact that free will, fate and the act of letting go can have on a person!”
Jaclyn (Living in a World of Book Quotes)

My comments: The cover is beautiful and the story sounds really intriguing and so dark. I can't wait to read it. FEBRUARY COME FASTER!

Basic Information: 
Amazon Pre-Order Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QCSU4VE
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22919022-volition
Signed Paperback Pre-Order: Click here
Release Date: February 9th, 2015

Cover by Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations

Volition’s Tumblr Inspiration Page: http://ersatz-paradise.tumblr.com/tagged/tate

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: You Were Mine by Abbi Glines

Genre: New Adult Romance
Publication date: December 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Read: November 2014 (I got it early)
Pages: 256
Rating: 5/5 

Summary:
From #1 "New York Times "bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a brand-new Rosemary Beach novel about Tripp Newark and his hidden romantic past with Bethy Lowry.

In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from...

Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she'd had one too many drinks--again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever...
 

My review:

Finally read this book I've been waiting since I finished Simple Perfection! This novel was so good' I loved Tripp so damn much, not that I didn't like him in the Perfection Duology but I got to really know more about him in You Were Mine and I just really fell in love with his character. His speech on Woods and Della's wedding was priceless. It was one of my favorite scenes in the book. He was hilarious!


"I'd become someone completely different from the girl he'd left behind."
I loved seeing how Bethy's character changed during this whole series. From Fallen Too Far to You Were Mine, she completely changed. When I first 'met' her, I thought she was a slut and when she started dating Jace for real, I thought maybe Jace changed her or her love for him changed her but I was wrong. She had a past with Jace's cousin Tripp and that completely surprised me. I cried like a baby when Jace died and I thought Abbi was going to write a book about Bethy and Jace but no. Jace left and that sucked because I really really liked his character. However, it doesn't remove the fact that I love Tripp.

I think  that twist was a good one because it didn't really make readers don't want to read the next book, it made them want to read more and know what happened to both Tripp and Bethy when they were younger. Their story was really amazing and inspiring. It showed the readers that when two people are meant to be together, fate will always find a way to bring them back together again. It also showed us that it isn't always bad to give love a second chance. First loves are hard to forget especially on Bethy and Tripp's experience and I was so glad they ended up together again because even if their faces only exist in my head, I know what a cute and perfect couple they are. 

Again, I applaud Abbi Glines for writing another impeccable romance book I gave it five out of five stars again. I read it in a day and it doesn't surprise me anymore. When I read an Abbi Glines book I know I'm going to live it and that I wouldn't regret buying or reading her books. They are all amazing and they are all worth reading. I highly highly recommend reading one of her books, you won't regret it! 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: AngelFall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan EE

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal...
Publication date: May 2011
Publisher: Feral Dream
Read: November 2014
Pages: 283
Rating: 4/5

Summary
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


My review
"I want to stroke his face and tell him that it will be okay. That everything will be all right. And I wish so badly that it would be."

This book was on my "To buy" list for  a really long time and when I bought it, I had to read other books first and when I finally want to start reading it, I had so many exams that I had to study for, so I put the book down several times.

 It doesn't remove the fact that it was a really good book though. The writing was fantastic I loved it so much. I actually really like books about Angels. I read the Angel trilogy by L.A Weatherly and it's one of my favorite series of all time and I definitely recommend it. 

Anyways, what caught my attention in this book is the summary at the back cover. It was really intriguing and I just had to buy it. When I read some reviews and watch some booktubers who had mentioned this book, all of them said the book was amazing so I had no reason to not buy it.

Now let's talk about the story,  Penryn had to save her sister Paige who was kidnapped by Angels. In this book Angels are bad...like really bad. There was this angel though named Raffe who was attacked by a group of angels. They cut off his wings and nearly killed him. I didn't understand why angels tried to kill Raffe because he's an angel like them. Angels were destroying the world and killing humans, I didn't get why they were trying to murder Raffe, it was just messed up. But in general I understood the story  and ended up loving it.

Raffe stole my heart right from the start. I never expected him to be funny. I expected him to be the dark and mysterious kind of guy but he was hilarious. I liked his relationship with Penryn, I liked how she annoyed him and how she tried to wake him up so many times. I find that adorable and funny. 

About the author
Susan Ee is the bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days series which takes place in the San Francisco bay area. The first book, ANGELFALL, is being translated into 20 languages around the world. The second book, WORLD AFTER, was recently released in Nov. 2013 to international acclaim. The film rights to the series have been optioned by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Good Universe. Susan used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tempt You: A Naughty and Nice Collection


From 8 bestselling authors, a boxed set of novels ranging from Naughty to Nice and everything in between! These 8 sweet and spicy stories will TEMPT YOU to fall in love—or lust! Either way, you won't be able to stop turning the page.
Summaries of each ebook

Zoey Rogue by Lizzy Ford

Meet Declan: A sexy incubus Enforcer who specializes in long nights of hot passion and hunting down threats to his supernatural society. His destined soul-mate defies his powerful sex magic—and he’s determined to claim the wild she-warrior, no matter what it takes.


Break it Up by E.M. Tippetts
Kyra Armijo's got two problems: her wild past of sex and partying and her overpowering crush on a member of the ultra-clean boy band, Triple Cross. Make that three problems: once they meet, her crush is besotted, but if his fans find out about her reputation, it'll wreck his image for good.


All She Wants by Anna Cruise
Annika Sellers always gets what she wants. But then she meets Stuart Woodcock, a sexy humanitarian who is indifferent to her charms, and Annika realizes she just might have met her match . . .


Love & Relativity by Rachael Wade
It’s no secret that Sanibel Island's notorious resident bad boy, Jackson Taylor, loves to get underneath Emma's skin, but this time he's gone too far. Now all he wants is to earn her forgiveness before she's gone for good, but their ideas of closure—and the future—are enough to keep them worlds apart. Love, life, and happily ever after? It’s all relative.


Deeper by Blue Ashcroft
Lifeguard Rain Wilson can’t afford to get distracted by her gorgeous co-supervisor Knight McAllister. As they find themselves drawn closer together and their pasts start to surface, Rain and Knight realize that maybe too much broken can make a relationship impossible. Then again, sometimes it’s the broken parts of us that fit together best.


The Ghost & The Graveyard by Genevieve Jack
Meet Grateful Knight, a nurse left destitute by an unscrupulous ex-boyfriend. She’s determined to do whatever it takes to recover financially, including live in a rent-free house on the edge of a graveyard. Sparks fly when she meets the gorgeous cemetery caretaker and learns her attic is home to things that go bump in the night.


Selling Scarlett by Ella James
Follow Elizabeth—code-named Scarlett—to the lush Nevada brothel where she'll auction her virginity and risk the only thing that's not for sale: her heart. The highest bidder is a familiar face with wicked hands and the devil's mouth. And a secret so dark that it could cost Scarlett her life.


8 Weeks by Bethany Lopez
After committing the ultimate betrayal, Cal asks his wife, Shelly, for 8 Weeks: 8 dates, to prove that they're meant to be together and their love is true. If at the end of the 8 Weeks Shelly wants to walk away, Cal won't stop her. Is 8 Weeks long enough to right wrongs and kick start a marriage that has stalled?


Published November 12th 2014 by Smashwords Edition

Review: Bad For You (Sea Breeze #7) by Abbi Glines

Genre: NA, Romance
Publication date: April 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Read: November 2014
Pages: 288
Rating: 5/5

Summary:
Innocence was never meant for the addictive… 

Addiction was something Krit Corbin accepted as part of his nature a long time ago. He decided to embrace it and flip his finger at the rules. Women had always been the number one thing on his list of addictions. He couldn’t get enough. Being the lead singer in a rock band had only made access to his favorite addiction that much easier.

Being alone was the only thing Blythe Denton understood. The small town minister’s family that raised her hadn’t accepted her as their own. The minister’s wife had always made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. When Blythe is sent away to college and given a chance to finally be free of living as an unwanted burden, she looks forward to having peace in her life. Being alone isn’t something that bothers her. She escapes reality in the stories she writes.

However, the ridiculously sexy tattooed guy who keeps throwing parties in the apartment above hers is driving her crazy. For starters, he doesn’t treat her like she would expect a guy with a different woman always hanging on his arm to treat someone as uninteresting as her. She looks nothing like the gorgeous women she sees parading in and out of his apartment, but for some strange reason he keeps showing up at her door.

During a party at his apartment, Krit’s new neighbor comes to the door with her long brown hair pulled up in a messy knot and a pair of glasses perched on her cute little nose. She wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay.

Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet. And Blythe Denton realizes too late that she’s finally been claimed.


My review:

"In my stories I could be beautiful. The prince would love me, and I would know how it felt to belong."

I did not expect Blythe to be who she is in the book. I can really relate to her, not because of her past but because of how she thinks. She loves to write and doesn't like attention like me. She said she's an English major because if ever people don't like her books, she would have a diploma and that's what I'm planning to do in my life too. I see her if you know what I mean. From the moment I realized that, I fell really connected to her character. 

"I was addicted to Blythe Denton. More addicted than I'd been to anything in my life."

From the previous books of the Sea Breeze Series, I didn't really like Krit. I never thought Abbi Glines would write a book about his happy ending. For some reasons though, the moment Krit appeared in a scene in this book, I liked him right away. Don't ask, I don't know why. It's hard to explain but I guess I just knew from that moment, I saw something good in him that I never noticed in the previous novels.

"I don't think I can remember a time in my life when anyone ever called my brother special and meant it the way you just did."

I've always loved Trish because of her awesome personality. Knowing that I could read her and Rock's love story is getting me really pumped up. Of course, I have to wait because I don't always have money to buy books :P

 Also, I love the way Blythe defended Krit. None of the girls in this series are really like Blythe that's why she's my favorite because she's different from the other girls and I see myself in her character more than any female characters in the other books I've read.

Overall this book was just perfect..for me. I love everything about it and I just didn't want it to end. I read it in just a few hours and I wanted to hit myself for not taking my time but I just couldn't stop reading. I can't wait to read the next book which is Dewayne's story. I really want to know more about that guy. He's funny in the other books but he's mysterious as well. I can't wait to know what's his story. 

About the author:

Since publishing her first novel Breathe in May of 2011, Abbi has also released The New York Times bestselling Seabreeze Series which includes Breathe, Because of Low, While It Lasts, Just For Now and Sometimes It Last, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless. New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers. Last but not least her most popular series to date, Rosemary Beach which includes The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, Twisted Perfection and Simple Perfection. 

When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.