Friday, August 31, 2012

TGIF: What's Next?!

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you had an amazing week! 

Choose Your Next Read: How do you go about choosing what you read next? Do you have a schedule you follow, or do you read whatever makes you happy at the moment?

A: I usually read whatever is relevant at the time. Like if there is a bunch of hype surrounding a book, I will go ahead and read that because I know people who don't have the book yet are looking for reviews on it. Other than that, if I don't have any books that are coming out within the next month or two, I'll hold off on those and read something that makes me happy. Like something that was released in the past that I skipped over because I had to read a review book or school got in the way. 

How do you choose your next read? 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Just to let you all know....

School has started for me again :( 
And this time I'm doing a student teaching intership :)
So REVIEWS will be a little sparse around here. I already have som of the meme posts up and ready to go, but it will be taking me a little longer to read anything since I will have to be reading along with my students in their reads for my class. 

Sooooo.... don't disappear, I love you all and I promise soon as I get back in the swing of things and get used to the way my classes will be going, I will be back on the regular schedule! Please continue to visit and comment on anything else you see around! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 8/29/12

This bookish meme tells about those books that we are waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for. It began on Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm waiting on the sequel to a 4 Star book that I read this year called Beautiful Disaster. It was a little crazy and far-fetched but I think it was because we didn't really know Travis. This book that I'm waiting on this week will be  told from his POV and will answer alot of the questions many readers (including me) have. This week I'm waiting on:
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)
Beautiful Disaster told in Travis point of view.

How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

The expected publication of the book is April 16, 2013 by Atria Books. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday

Ok ok, so this week I'm a little late with my Top 10 post because I started school back and I was overly excited about it for some reason lol So, here is my Top 10 list!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fabulous The Broke and The Bookish.
This week's theme: 
Top Ten Bookish Confessions

1. I DESPISE people who dog ear pages. Its like sacrilegious. 
2. I have a love/hate relationship with my E-reader... I love that its light and can hide the cover from nosey people but I hate that I don't have a physical book in my hands and I hate that I can't really "turn a page." 
3. I judge my "real" boyfriend on fictional boys. (Ex: "Aww baby Edward said 'Look after my heart, I've left it with you.' YOU never told me that before!" :p) [Because of this I have over 50 fictional boyfriends lmao]
4. I have a crap load of books on my shelves and my Nook. So many that alot of them have not been read. I just keep buying them because I PLAN to read them.... One day lol
5. I HATE reading the last book in a series that I adored. Just because I don't like that "Damn its really over" feeling.
6. I HATE when there is a book coming out and the hype is through the roof. I will wait and wait until I feel like it died down enough for me to read it.
7. When I go to the library I always get between 3-5 books. It's like OCD or something. 
8. I love buying books on my Nook because of instant gratification, but then I wish I had bought the physical copy because I want the pretty cover. 
9. I am one of those people who judges a book by its cover smh. If its really pretty, I will give reading it a try. If its ugly, it will be like pulling teeth to get me to read it. 
10. I ALWAYS read the book before its made into a movie. Even if I have read the story already. (Ex. Breaking Dawn pt 2 comes out in November. I plan on re-reading it in October.) Just because I'm one of those people that will whisper the entire time "That's NOT how it happened in the book!" I like to see how accurate the director can be.  

Monday, August 27, 2012

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

E-Book, 338 pages
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Published by: Entangled Teen
Lux, #2
Source: Own
For fans of: Aliens, Hot Guys, Adventure

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn't be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

     When I first started this book I was a little afraid. I liked the first installment of this series, but I wasn't RAVING about it like everyone else. I feared that I would feel the same way about this one.... And I did. Idk, I just felt like the beginning was more of Katy being naieve and stupid and Daemon was always trying to convince her otherwise and then when they weren't mad/angry at each other, they were kissing. Much like the first book, it just didn't seem like much was going on at first
     But then as I finally made it to the end, I finally remembered why I decided to keep going with the series. The end will leave you in a doozie. Not sure if you all like that kind of thing, where you have to read the entire story to finally get to "the good part," but it just makes me take longer on the book. Hence the reason it took me a week to read this. Idk the last book I read that took an entire week....
     Anyways, the plot was a good one when I finally got past all the kissing and fluff. But then unfortunately I was able to pick out all the twists and turns as they came up. I kind of felt like Dameon himself because I was thinking the very things he was. Not sure if that's a good thing because I connected to the character, or not because I just knew how the story would end. 
     Don't get me wrong though, I did enjoy the book. In it we are introduced to death, lust, and love and through Armentrout's writing, you are able to feel all of that as Katy goes through each emotion. Armentrout is a wonderful writer, but I just feel like this series isn't the one for me. I will continue it (because lets face it, that ending had me like: *&^&%#)(*%#!!$^&((&%#) just to see how it ends.
Overall, I give this

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #10

his meme shows the blogoshphere what we have bought, borrowed, received for review, or got just for fun. It's hosted by Tynga's Reviews :)

This week my mailbox only has a few goodies, but they are indeed good ones!

Onyx (Lux, #2) Kissing Shakespeare the-hunger-games-dvd-cover
Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle
The Hunger Games movie

For review:
Crewel (Crewel World, #1) Speechless
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Sorry so late in the day, but work has been bananas! 

Let me know what you all got in your mailboxes! I love seeing all the wonderful titles!  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

E-ARC, 242 pages
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Published by: Harper
The Hybrid Chronicles #1
Source: Edelweiss
For fans of: Sci-Fi, Dystopia, YA

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

     When i first heard about this book, I was soooooo excited to read it. I was so intrigued by the premise and the cover was beautiful. But I learned my lesson again, never judge a book by its cover. Don't get me wrong, I loved the writing and I liked the uniqueness of it all, but it just wasn't for me. 
     It wasn't for me because it was just a bit too confusing. All the different names of people and all the back and forth random changing... 0_0 That's how I felt most of the time trying to decipher who was who and when they were them lol 
     Furthermre, i was confused as to why the hybrids posed that much of a threat. Like what makes them so scary because there's two different people inside them? They were trying to sell the fact that there was two different people inside them and that would make them crazy, but I don't think that. It would make things alot easier though. lol Two minds are always better than one in my opinion. 
     But although this is not one of my favorites, I did enjoy reading it. It was interesting to see the whole new exciting premise played out in my imagination and it was interesting to meet all the different characters. 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 8/21/2012

This bookish meme tells about those books that we are waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for. It began on Breaking the Spine! 

This week I'm waiting on a book that I haven't really seen anywhere else. But I saw it on GoodReads and read the premise and I thought it might be interesting to see what its about. So without further ado, I'm waiting on...
Stray Souls (Magicals Anonymous, #1)
Stray Souls by Kate Griffin

Sharon Li has just discovered she's a shaman. And just in time: London's soul has gone missing. If anyone can solve the mystery and rescue the dying city, she can, but she'll need help-from the support group she's just set up for people with magical issues. Among them are a vampire who is O, a druid who suffers from allergies and a lack of confidence, and a banshee looking for an evening class in impressionist art. Now, this motley crew must find a way to save the world...

Expected Publication is September 18, 2012 by Orbit. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Fave books I've read during Take Me Away's Lifespan

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week we will feature a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join. 
(This list is in no particular order...) 

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- This book caught me by surprise. I usually only like contemporary romances that feature a "bad boy" with a girl who's the complete opposite, but I LOVED this one. 

2. Half-Blood by Jennfer L. Armentrout- I was a little late to the party on this one. Although it was getting nothing but 5 star reviews, I was still like "Ehhhh" because I didn't like the cover too much.... But that's why they say, never judge a book by its cover. Because what's under the cover is AMAZING. This quickly became one of my favorite series. 

3. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan- This book definitely caught me by surprise. I was intrigued by the thought of the gods and goddess in modern day and Riordan did NOT disappoint. 

4. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman- Man this book was amazing. I was shocked with the writing and just all of it. The "Play me like your cello." scene STILL is one of my favorite all time scenes. 

5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer- I read this recently and I was AMAZED at how much I liked it. I was surprised because I had read so many reviews about cyborgs and all this other stuff, but in the end I read it and loved it. Now I'd do ANYTHING to get my hands on an ARC of the second book in the series. 

6. Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles- This was the third and final installment to the Perfect Chemistry series. I was in love with this series from the very beginning, but this one definitely was my favorite. I was actually fortunate enough to get my review read by the author and the publisher. It really made me feel like I mattered. 

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- The first time I tried to read this, I didn't like it. I admit, I hardly gave it a chance. I read up to like page 80 and I wanted to stop after that. So then I had a friend to read it and the movie was coming out, so I knew I had to give it a chance. I was told "Just get to the games" and I did. And from that point on, I loved the series. 

8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin- I absolutely LOVED this book. It was full of mystery and of course the incredible Noah Shaw. 

9. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller- I LOVED this book. I told you all my favorite types of contemps feature a tortured boy with an opposite kind of girl. I was intrigued with this story from the beginning. 

10. Soul Screamers: Volume One by Rachel Vincent- I had only heard of this series before but I hadn't read it. And everytime I had the chance to, I always made up an excuse as to why I couldn't read it. Finally, I just said forget it and got it at Barnes and Noble one day. And I'm so glad I did. I LOVED this story and I loved the fact that it was set in somewhere close to me that I knew well. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hidden by Sophie Jordan

ARC, 262 pages
Release Date: September 11, 2012
Published by: HarperTeen
Firelight #3
Source: Own
For fans of: Action, Adventure, Draki, YA, Fantasy

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

    Having followed this series form the start, I was a little hesitant to read this book because I didn't want the series to end. I loved the first book and the second one sort of felt like a filler to me so I was a little nervous about this one. But once I began reading it, I knew I had nothing to worry about. 
     Hidden picks up right where the second novel in the series Vanish leaves off. Jacinda, Will, Tamra, and Cassian are trying to rescue Miriam from the Enkros before they can do any experiments or worse to her. Its obvious that Jacinda has grown since the first novel because she goes to help Miriam despite her feelings for her. She becomes the bigger person and does all she can to save her. 
     With this, the action begins soon as the book opens. I was on edge the ENTIRE time. I found myself upset because I had to put it down for sleep or work. Trust me when I tell you, the entire book is INTENSE. Throughout the whole thing I was feeling every type of emotion. I was upset, scared, excited; it was enough to give anyone an anxiety attack. 
     One thing I loved about the book though was the love triangle. Although it was "non-existent," Cassian and Jacinda are still bonded while Jacinda and Will are still in love. This is different from the "regular" love triangles, which is the reason why I liked it so much. 
     As the story goes on, it answers a lot of questions that Firelight and Vanish have put in place. Hidden is a thrilling conclusion to the Draki world and will definitely leave fans of the Firelight world satisfied. I look forward to Sophie's other YA books in the future!
Overall, I give this

Sunday, August 19, 2012

150 Follower Giveaway Winner!!!

I'm a day late, but the results from my first giveaway have been picked! I'm super excited to announce the winner since this is my first giveaway ever here at Take Me Away... 

So, without further ado, the winner is....

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sara  from Forever 17 Books

The winner has 48 hours to answer my email before I pick another one! 

Congrats Sara!

Friday, August 17, 2012

TGIF 8/17/12

Woop its everyone's favorite day of the week! Cheers to the freaking weekend!

 This feature is for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts & to propose a bookish question. It's hosted by Ginger over at GReads! 

Pimp Your Review: Feature a favorite book review you've written in the past that you feel deserves more love! 

A: I want to shed some light on my review on "Defiance" by C.J. Redwine! The book is phenomenal and will take you on so many adventures! Here's my review: Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Here are my posts for the week:
Tuesday: In Her Shoes featuring Mia from the If I Stay series
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday featuring Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Thursday: Review on Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Hardcover, 393 pages
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Published by: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Wildefire #1
Source: Own
For fans of: Mythology, Paranormal, YA

Every flame begins with a spark. Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s Lredwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

     This will not be a full review, because I got about 110 pages in and just couldn't finish it. It came as a huge surprise to me because I normally really like mythology, but this one I just couldn't get into. I skimmed the rest of it and saw the big secret, which is probably the main reason I didn't enjoy it. Even though I had made it 110 pages in, I still had to skim quite a ways until I could get to the actual secret, in which the story is supposed to had been about. Now normally this wouldn't be a problem, but I just felt like the part of the story that I HAD read was full of nothing-ness. I just felt like it could have been cut out. 
     Also, I felt like it was a little bit too unbelievable. Yes I know this is fiction, but still that first chapter.... It went a little over the top. If you're going to do some realistic scenes, please at least make the realistic scene a little realistic....
Overall, I give this 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 8/15/12

This is a bookish meme that tells what books we're waiting patiently (and sometimes NOT so patiently) for. It's hosted by Breaking the Spine! 

This week I'm waiting on a book by the one lady that EVERYONE in the bookish world should know, Jennifer L. Armentrout. I was one of the lucky ones who got to read Deity (Book 3 in the Covenant series) because I have amazing bookish friends (s/o to Jenuine Cupcakes) who let me borrow it months before it came out! So with that being said, this week I'm waiting on the next book in the Covenant series, Elixir!

Aiden's novella

Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.
Even if it means making war against the gods.

Releases: November 7, 2012
Published by: Spencer Hill Press

Yes the description is short, but its actually a novella. The reason I'm waiting for it, its Aiden's novella and its also FROM HIS POINT OF FREAKING VIEW O_O If you know me, you know that I am HOPELESSLY in love with Aiden lol He's like my favorite book boyfriend of all time. 
I'm also waiting for it because the cover is amazing! I love the way the flower on it looks like glass a little but its really water. 

What are you waiting on this week???

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

In Her Shoes #3

In Her Shoes is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Vanya at YA Story Teller. To participate, simply put yourself in the shoes of a heroine you've read about, and then talk about what you would do in her place, what you've learned from her, or what it was about her that you liked or didn't like. 


     This week I chose Mia from the "If I Stay" series by Gayle Forman. In both stories Mia shows incredible strength. She endures so many things, some mental and some physical and she is still able to overcome it. In her shoes, I'm not sure I would have been able to go through it. One thing I've learned from her, is to never give up. Life is NEVER going to be easy, but if you just stop and give up, then you'll never experience the rest of things that life has to offer. 
     With that being said, Mia's character captivated me from the very beginning and I loved finiding out all about her, her relationship with Adam, her family, and in the second novel, some of her fans. I wouldn't change a single thing about her, besides taking some of her pain away. But without that pain, I fear she would  change and wouldn't be the Mia that we know and love. 

Have you read Mia's story? What did you think of it?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Hardcover, 273 pages
Released: February 22, 2011
Published by: Simon Pulse
Gods & Monsters #1
Source: Own
For fans of: Mythology, New Adult, Fantasy

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

     First off, I want to say I have never read a book like this before. Every mythology book I have ever read had made the gods and goddesses the exact opposite of what this book did. And for that, I thank you Kelly Keaton. It was a refreshing twist on the normal YA mythology genre. And I'll leave it at that to avoid spoilers ;)
     Anyways, Ari is different from other teens her age. Her mother gave her up when she was a baby, she bounced around from foster home to foster home, and to top it off, her hair is white and her eyes are teal. So one day, she goes off to find out why all of this happened to her and her adventure leads her to New 2, a near future New Orleans where things are way different than what they seem. When she arrives at New 2, her life takes all sorts of ups and downs. She eventually finds out about the curse and it ends up being wayyyy more than she bargained for. 
     This book was filled with suspense to the very end. I kind of felt like there wasn't too much going on, but when there WAS something happening, it was a BIG something. Also, it was a little frustrating because I knew what the big curse was from the get go, but that's because I'm a nerd and I knew about that person's curse already lol 
     What I enjoyed the most, was the fact that this book was definitely thoroughly researched. Everything from the gumbo, to the over ground cemeteries, to the Mardi Gras parades to just everything. Being that I'm from Louisiana, I was really blown away on how much she knew. Everything that she knew about "The Rim" and everything was just perfect. 
     The characters in this book was also amazing. They all had their own unique personalities and they all brought their own "something" to the story. The fact that they were all "very" different made the story even more interesting. 
     This is one story that will leave you hanging on to the very last word. It opened my eyes to a whole new way to do mythology in YA lit. 
Overall, I give this 

Gods & Monsters by Kelly Keaton

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #9

This meme shows the blogoshphere what we have bought, borrowed, received for review, or got just for fun. It's hosted by Tynga's Reviews :)

Dude, my mailbox this week was pretty amazing.... Don't believe me, have a look yourself... 


Shine (Shade, #3) Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2) Drink, Slay, Love

Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready (Nook Book)
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (Nook Book)
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst (Hardcover)

For Review: 
The Demon Catchers of Milan Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes

Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes by Various Authors

So what did you all get? Was your mailbox as awesome as mine? 

Friday, August 10, 2012

TGIF: 8/10/12

 This feature is for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts & to propose a question for my followers.

Q: Unexpected Books: Which books did you have reservations about reading, but ended up loving once you did?

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

A: This one was kind of easy. It would definitely have be Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I actually mentioned the fact that I was iffy on the whole cyborg, androids, and moon people thing, but I still gave it a go anyways. And low and behold, I LOVED it. Loved it so much I'm stalking all my bookish friends and the publishers for a copy of the sequel. If you haven't read this series, definitely give it a chance. It's really good! 

Tuesday August 7th: Teaser Tuesday featuring Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Wednesday August 8th: Waiting on Wednesday featuring Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Thursday August 9th: Review of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

E-ARC, 432 pages
First Published: May 26, 2011
Republished: August 14, 2012
Published by: Simon & Schuster, Inc. (Atria)
Series: Beautiful #1
Source: NetGalley*
For fans of: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Hot Guys

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

WARNING: This book does have sex, alcohol, and bad language in it. 
     Wow. This book. Too much to say, but I'm afraid there's not enough words to cover the greatness that is this book. When I first heard about it, it was last year when it was still being indie published. I didn't have my Nook then so I couldn't read it. Finally, I saw it the author had gotten a deal and she was being published and it would be available on NetGalley. I grabbed it as soon as it was available. Congrats to Ms. McGuire on signing the deal and continuing on to make it a series. 
     In the story, Abby is a girl with many secrets that she came to college to forget about. Travis is the dude that all girl's moms have warned them about. And this is the thing that pulls the two together. Although she fought tooth and nail to prove she wouldn't be another of Travis' girls, inevitably she falls for his bad boy (and I definitely mean BAD BOY) charm. This is a bit painful because he reminds her of everything she's trying to forget about her past. All of their drama is heart-wrenching and delivers plot twist after plot twist. Granted I felt like it got a little carried out; they were ALWAYS fighting. I had to remind myself that this was a contemporary romance. But then again, that's why it was called "Beautiful Disaster." Idk, I just felt like it was kind of drawn out after awhile and I wanted more romance, less fighting..... But the epilogue pulled it all together and made me feel better about it again :) 
     Before going any further, I feel the need to bring light to the negative reviews I saw this was getting. Yes the romance (if you can call it that) was a bit sketchy and the main male character was a bit crazy, but everyone gets crazy when driven by love. And for people to say that they dislike this book because its teaching girls to be pushovers and let dudes go crazy on them, I have one question........ HOW THE HELL IS THAT DIFFERENT FROM THE REST OF SOCIETY?! This book is amazing, and for one to miss out on it because they heard about the stuff Travis did and the actions that the characters took, is just crazy to me. Especially because as crazy as they BOTH were, it ended up working out in their favor. 
     Ok, now that I ranted a little, on to the characters. My favorites by far were America, Shepley, and Finch. They were there no matter what was going on, just like real friends are supposed to be. I also loved Travis' family. They had some rough patches through life, but who doesn't? They opened up their lives to Abby and didn't think twice about it.Then there was Travis... Poor, broken, in love Travis. He is the definite bad boy. He smokes, drives a Harley, has numerous tattoos, has "bagged" multiple females, and is involved in a fight club. But let me tell you, EVERY last bit of information I just gave you makes him incredibly hot. And the fact that he is in love with ONE girl, totally makes it even better. Granted he does do some crazy things, but all of that is overlooked when looking at the picture in total. All the things he did to me were reactions to the woman he loved doing the things she did. As for Abby, there was so many things wrong with her. She honestly made my head hurt. She played so many games with Travis and then expected him to just sit back and take it when she knew he was crazy already. Towards the end of the book, I found myself saying there was no way I could be her friend because she made some totally dumb decisions and at times had me thinking Travis should just move on.
     Overall, this story is really epic. I love contemporary stories that feature a troubled guy and a "goodie" girl, but this one tops my list, along with the Perfect Chemistry series, Something Like Normal, and Pushing the Limits. It was just that gooooood. 
Overall, I give this

*I would like to give a huge thank you to NetGalley and Atria (Simon and Schuster) for allowing me to read this advanced copy in return for an honest review. 

As I was reading this I came across a Pintrest board that she made based on this book. (See it HERE) That one picure of "Travis"...... Uh yeah, he's definitely HAWT! lol 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 8/8/12

Waiting on Wednesday is a bookish meme that tells about those books that we're waiting patiently (ok NOT SO patiently) for. Its hosted by Breaking the Spine! 

This week I'm waiting on a book that has been on a lot of blogger's radar. It has so many of the things I love most in books, magic, myths, paranormal, romance, and more! I cannot wait until this release date! It seems to be soooo far away though! Enjoy!!!!

Valkyrie Rising
Expected Publication: October 9, 2012
Published by: HarperTeen

Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there. 

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.
So, a different kind of myth will be introduced and the book also has a unique setting in Norway!!!! Why wouldn't I want to read this?! 
What are you waiting on this week?