Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TTT: Top Books That Were Hard for me to Read In Public!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.   

This week's topic is:
 Top 10 Books that were Hard for me to Read in Public!

     We've all had those books that made us turn red in the face, laugh out loud like a maniac, or even just have one of those covers that make people raise an eyebrow... So, here's my list of those reads. Because these two scenarios seem to happen to me all the time lol

The ones with embarrassing covers/ that make you turn red in the face: 
1. Wait for You series by J. Lynn:  (Since I'm splitting up my list, I'm gonna count this one as one.) Since these are J. Lynn books, I can never put them down! I'm always stuck in them, putting everything else off; like life, sleeping, etc. But taking these babies out and reading them in public is kind of weird. I hate being in public reading a "really good" part and someone asks "What you reading?" Or "What's that about?" I'm pretty sure they can see my face that's already super red lol

Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles, #1)Tease (The Ivy Chronicles, #2)Wild (The Ivy Chronicles, #3)
2. The Ivy Chronicles series by Sophie Jordan: As if the content wasn't enough for you to blush in public, the covers (AND the titles!) for Foreplay and Tease made all my co-workers look at me with the eyebrows raised. And every last one of them asked the same question... "Is that like that 50 Shades book?" Ugh the embarrassment! lmao I haven't even read 50 Shades!  

Two Boys Kissing
3. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan: This one has nothing to do with the content, but everything to do with the title. I'm not the nicest person in the world if you interrupt my reading, but when I read this one, I had every last person that noticed it ask me why I was reading this since I wasn't a guy or homosexual. New flash, this isn't one of those books. The writing is gorgeous and it saved so many people. In more ways than you could even think. 

All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1)
4. All Lined Up by Cora Carmack: Soooo, there's nothing wrong with this cover, but again, the content in this one will make you turn red as an apple. And I did. While I was waiting on a ride. So, everyone that asked me if I would be ok waiting looked at me and asked was I ok. It was pretty embarrassing lol 

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)
5. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire: This one is more about content. I was blushing almost every page when I read this one lol But still, regardless of everything that everyone has said about this one, it's still really good! Just read it by yourself. 

The ones that will make you LITERALLY lol:

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #1) 
6. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn: If you've read this, you should know that this book is HILARIOUS. (Well until you reach the end...) I laughed so many times while reading this. And of course it caused people to stare at me smh 

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Let's be honest... This has to be everyone's favorite Rom Com like EVER. I laughed so much while reading this. SO glad I was on vacation when I was reading it so all the stares I got were from people I didn't know lol 

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
8. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan: I know this is two different series by him, but I'm cheating again lol Both of these I've read and loved. Mostly because of how hard I was laughing while I read this. When I read the Lightning Thief I was in the hospital visiting my aunt. Of course it was weird that I kept laughing out loud, but I'm glad she understood lol 

Rebel Belle
9. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: Harper is a real Southern Belle, so when all these like kick ass things start happening to her, she doesn't know what to do at first. This made me laugh out loud because it was such a contradiction! Harper is kick ass, but it all started over some lip gloss! 

How My Summer Went Up in Flames
10. How My Summer Went up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski: I'm sure you can tell by the cover that this one is HILARIOUS. That scene with the girl holding the gas can next to a car and the flames that the book is talking about actually happened. Please be careful and don't read this on your work break like I did. 

What books make you swoon so hard you blush?
What book made you crack up in public? 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Unmarked by Kami Garcia

ARC, 384 pages
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
The Legion, #2
Source: ATWT
For fans of: Paranormal, Romance, Horror, Supernatural

     The heart-pounding sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Unbreakable, by New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia.

     "A rare sequel that surpasses the original."--Ransom Riggs, New York Times bestselling author of Hollow City

     He is here . . . and he could be anyone .

     Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us-a demon she accidentally set free.
     Now Kennedy and the other Legion members-Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared-have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?


     After reading Unbreakable I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to continue with this series, because while it was good, the characters and romance just weren't that great to me. But in this one, it definitely got better. Not the characters, but the romance. 
"There are some fights you can't win."
pg 18
     There were definitely some things I liked better than the last one. For example the writing style was better. I said I liked it before because the chapters were short, but it was almost the opposite this time. I liked them because they were a little longer. It made them more suspenseful. Which was again my favorite part of the novel. There's so many changes and things that we think we know about Kennedy and Jared, but all that goes out the window the moment things start getting heated. And when I say get heated, I mean scary. Because what happens to one of them is one of the most chilling things ever. 
"There's nothing more dangerous that going to war without knowing your enemy."
pg 95
     What I wasn't a fan of though, was Kennedy. Again. She was was so naive about everything all the time. And she picked the worst possible times to do certain things. Like you want to get in an argument with someone you haven't seen in forever? Yes that's fine. Let's just please not do it when things are trying to kill you. And yes we know that you are only alive for the one man you've ever loved so him going through anything will hurt you. But do you really need to give up and kill all the free world because of it?! She was really making my head hurt for a minute there. 
"My mother used to say that girl should be seen and not heard. I say we should bee seen and feared."
pg. 108
     Then there was the romance. The only reason I liked it this time was the fact that there is an unexpected added factor in it. And trust me, it will shock you. I felt so bad for them both because I don't think there is anything they can do! It really feels like a hopeless case. I also liked it because there is another romance budding now, but this one isn't quite as obvious. And it's no matter where near as insta-lovey as the first one was. I really like the way this one was written because it doesn't seem like that "You saved me so I owe you" kind of love like the last one. 
"It's easy to call yourself a hero. It' much harder to be one."
pg. 232
     One thing that sort of made me upset though was the ending. This one ends on another cliff hanger, but this one is a little more intense. At the end you find some out some really important things and then you're just left hanging as Kennedy and the crew are trying to sort them out. I'm guessing there will be another installment to this series (I wasn't sure when I started reading this one) so I'm interested in seeing how Garcia's writing style will be when she actually has to write an ending. 
Overall, I give this

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

ARC, 312 pages
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Published by: Point
For fans of: Contemporary, Thrillers, YA, Mystery

     Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender.
     Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message.
Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.
     All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.
     Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem -- and the movies.


     After reading the synopsis I was sure I would like this one. A mean a killer who's recreating famous death scenes in movies?! Sounds interesting right? I thought so too.... Until I read it. 
     I didn't get very far in this one because I was annoyed with the main character. She seemed ungrateful and was acting very rude to her step dad. And her sarcastic nature. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE sarcasm, but sometimes it's just too much. And I really didn't like the way she was putting her self away from everyone and then constantly complaining that she was alone. I'd be alone too if I distances everyone from me on purpose. 
     I did like the mystery part of the book though. It made me second and third guess myself, but I still wasn't able to pick who had done it. I had a pretty good idea, but then things changed again. But it wasn't for the best. The paranormal part of the book had it the plot going all over the place. I just felt like that was a little too much extra going on and it didn't really need to be there. 
     In short, this one just wasn''t for me. I made it to about page 130 before I started skimming. It wasn't anything that I desperately needed in my life. I could've done without it. Don't get me wrong, others may enjoy it, but i just couldn't get past the writing and the characters. 
Overall, I give this

Friday, September 26, 2014

Follow Friday: Characters and their Twitters!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

Book character(s) you'd like to see with their own twitter page?

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

   This one was actually pretty easy... I'm not one for a bunch of drama, I'm more of a laugh at anything kind of person, so the characters I'd like to follow all have to be funny. And out of all my recent reads, I think the funniest would have to be Anna, Lola, and Isla. Of course they have their heart aches, but at the end of the day, most of their books I spent laughing at them and swooning over their boyfriends lol Gah could you imagine what their Twitter names would be?! lmao

Thursday, September 25, 2014

In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

ARC, 371 pages
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Not a Drop to Drink, #2
For fans of: Dystopias, Sparkly Covers, YA

     The only thing bigger than the world is fear.
     Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.
     When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.
     In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.


     Another September release that I was expecting to love, but eh not so much. Sure I finished it, but I thought I would love it, but I didn't. I liked it, but I didn't really love it.
"'he told me once that people like me and him are badly built for times like this, when there's nothing we can do."
pg. 13
     When I read Not a Drop to Drink, I was especially interested in the way the Earth would be if there actually was a water shortage but unfortunately saw that there wasn't very much world building. This one was a little better since it had more details, but it still wasn't at 100%. I know there isn't much you can say besides "dry cracked grounds" or "brown brittle grass," but a little more insight to the rest of the world or even why this is still happening even though in almost every scene it's raining.
"Desperate people do stupid things."
pg. 69
     Then there's the plot. I was a little upset because as excited as I was about this one, it was just like the first. Really exciting in the beginning, boring Boring BORING in the middle, and then really exciting in the end as well. Plus a lot of things in the middle was really predictable. It was upsetting because the first one was lacking adventure as well.I really thought this one would be a little better. But honestly, if it had been like the beginning or the end, I would've given this book five stars. I'm just a little sad that it wasn't.
"'I'll be really pissed at you if you die."
pg. 126
     I did like the fact that it left it open for another book to be written. What happens to Lynn and Lucy leaves an opening to have another book from either POV. I'm excited about this because this time if something happens I won't be so surprised. When I saw this one was coming out, I didn't know what to expect because the first one was such a good stand-alone and there really wasn't any room to make a sequel.
"'This is a hard place we live in."
pg. 356
     The characters were still the same though. Lynn was still bad ass and overprotective. She went through great lengths to protect Lucy, who grows up not realizing why Lynn was so hard all the time. She didn't understand that she was that way because she had to grow up so fast. I really Through out this book though, Lucy gets a welcoming awakening. They run into people they want to trust and find out they shouldn't as well as those that they should. The more they find that they shouldn't trust people, Lucy gets older and wiser. Lynn just gets more bad ass lol
"'It stuck with you though. The words meant for us can do that."
pg. 366
     Again, this one wasn't my favorite, but because of the hype I just wanted to review it for you all. It wasn't for me, but then again, the first one wasn't my favorite either. Maybe I'm the black sheep of this one. Maybe you all may like it more than me.
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: 09/24/14

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

Wicked (A Wicked Saga, #1)

     Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
     Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
     Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
     But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Releases: December 8, 2014

Why I'm waiting: So, there's nothing really to say about this one. We all know JLA is one of my favorite authors and anything by her is worth waiting for! And on top of that, this is New Adult Paranormal. And it's set in New Orleans. This seems VERY promising. 

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

TTT: Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.   

This week's topic is:
 Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR!

All Broke Down (Rusk University, #2)Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)Kiss Kill Vanish
1. All Broke Down by Cora Carmack: Had I been caught up on my September reads I would've been reading this one already *pouts* But it's ok. I plan to read it as soon as I can! Because football is what fall really means! (Releases October 7, 2014)

2. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios: Another one I have on hold because September released ALLLLLL the things. Heather Demetrios wrote one of my faves of 2014, so I will read ANYTHING by her. And plus, this one's about GENIES guys. I cannot contain my excitement! (Releases October 7, 2014)

3. Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez: Lawd, that cover is GORGEOUS. And let's be honest, that freakin premise sounds super good too. It's been sitting on my shelf since the summer, but I've been so busy I haven't gotten to it yet. But trust me, I will make time for it! (Releases October 7, 2014)

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)Beware the WildThe Fall
4. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray: This one I don't have yet, but it is coming. And I can't lie y'all, I added this one because of the cover. Still the premise sounds interesting too so I want to see what this one is all about. I haven't read anything by Gray before so we'll see how this goes. (Releases November 4, 2014)

5. Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker: This sounds really creepy and I'm a sucker for creepy anything near Halloween! I can't wait to read this and creep myself out lol (Releases October 21, 2014)

6. The Fall by Bethany Griffin: Another creepy looking read that I can't wait to dive in to! (Releases October 7, 2014)

Wild (The Ivy Chronicles, #3)Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Stray
7. Wild by Sophie Jordan: Everyone knows how big a fan I am of this series. I NEED this one in my hands now! I'm a little sad that it's the last in it's series, but I still can't wait to read it. (Releases November 18, 2014)

8. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch: I've heard nothing but great things about this one. And it will be my first fantasy in a long time (you all know it's not my go to genre) but this one sounds good! (Releases October 14, 2014)

9. Stray by Elissa Sussman: I saw this "STRAY is the first in a collection of intertwined stories, all set in a world where magic is a curse that only women bear and society is dictated by a strict doctrine called The Path. A cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney thrown in, this original fairy tale" and knew I HAD to read it! (Releases October 7, 2014)

They All Fall DownThe Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)
10. They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Clair: Look at this cover! It's so intriguing! I need to get my hands on this. Like now! (Releases October 14, 2014)

11. The Retribution of Mara Dyer byMichelle Hodkin:  Are you kidding? I've been a HUGE fan of this series since I read the first book. The wait for the end of this series has been TORTUROUS. And gah I can't wait until  it's in my hands! I'm sure I'll need a support group after I read it. (Releases November 4, 2014)

What books are on your fall TBR?!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton

ARC, 180 pages
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Adventure

     When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.
     Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her injury is a wakeup call and he encourages her mild new lifestyle, but a young Afghanistan War veteran she meets at the healing center pushes her to start taking chances again. Forced to face the consequences of her daredevil impulses, Dyna finds herself in danger of risking the one thing she’s always treated with caution—her heart.


     Well, September isn't looking too promising to me anymore. I was so excited about all the books that were coming out, but then as I started reviewing them, I realized that there’s only a few that I've liked. 
     And this one doesn't make that list. You may think this is strange because I even did a WoW post on it, but unfortunately, it wasn't what I thought it would be. Why you ask? The writing style. She was super annoying and she said some off the wall things. She made me real aggravated a lot of the time as well. Like I understand that you are a thrill seeker, but sometimes, you have to understand that there’s some things you just can’t do.
     Then I didn't really think there was a plot. Because right away there’s the ankle break and then basically she’s just sitting there getting better. And I know there’s the romance  in there too, but umm… it was boring. Especially for it to have been about adrenaline… But this just wasn't for me. And it pains me to say that because I really was excited for this one.
     The reason I say the romance was boring, I knew from the very beginning who she would be with. And I wasn't surprised in the least bit. They had some good kissing scenes, but it was nothing to write home about.
     I hated that this one didn't work out for me, but the writing style and the missing plot just didn't do it for me. I thought maybe the romance would be the saving grace, but that didn't work for me as well. 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #102 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.


Trust in Me by J. Lynn
Another one I already had on Nook but I just decided to buy a physical copy to match my upcoming copy of Stay With Me! (Releases 9/23!!!)


The Body in the Woods by April Henry
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
(I started this one yesterday and was pleasantly surprised.... One of the people in it is named "Patience!" If you understand why this is so cool to me, ten points to you!!!)
Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane 
Unmarked by Kami Garcia
Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

A HUGE thank you to Brittany (@bookaddictguide) because all of these are books I've been wanting to read! As you can see I started on one right away! 

Weekly Wrap-Up

Wednesday 09/17/14: My WoW featuring Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
Thursday 09/18/14: My 3 Star Review of I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson  (Yes I know I'm the black sheep....) 
Friday 09/19/14: Follow Friday: Blogger Pet Peeves

What went on at your blog this week?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Hardcover, 288 pages
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen
Source: Own
For fans of: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Sparkly Covers, YA

     Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.
     “I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”
     Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.
     Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.


     I have only read White's Paranormalcy series, so this writing style was a bit different for me. She still had the sassy heroine and a dashing love interest, but it was still enough to catch me off guard.
"We wear faces as disguises."

     I was ok with the writing style, but it did seem a little weird to me. It seemed a little choppy, but I think that was because instead of going into too much detail she actually did leave some things out. But only for the way the story was written. I say this because in the end she tells us everything. I think she was just building the tension.
"If we are not moving forward, we will perish."

     Her building the tension like that was the specific reason I fell for this story. So many things had me so intrigued I wanted to flip towards the end and see what the hell was going on. And that's saying something because I hate spoilers of any kind. But even with being a little confused for awhile, I really did like the story.
"You attract trouble. I think you court it."

     As for the characters, Finn was just ok. He wasn't someone I swooned after, but he was sweet all the same. And Jessamine, I couldn't decide if I thought she was brave or just freaking crazy. I say that about a lot of the stubborn female characters I read about, but when there's magic involved like in this story, the stakes are higher. Dealing with that type of magic and you have that one huge thing hindering you, it just seemed that she was out of her league. I thought she was nuts lol
"But fate is a slippery thing, is is not?"

     This story was a wild ride for it to be so short. But still, this book is another book for White to add to her "Win" pile. Now I know I need to read all her other books and see if they have any of the same style writing as this one!
Overall, I give this