Friday, February 28, 2014

Follow Friday: Changing Book Plots and Endings!


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!

Change the Plot. If you could, what book would you change the ending or a plot thread? Go ahead and do it…change it.

 How to Love

     Don't get me wrong, How to Love was a great read, but I want to change one small thing about Sawyer and Reena. I hated that she made it so easy to just go back to him. In my world, he would've had to work for my love again.I understand that he didn't know about her situation, but at the same time, when he did find out, he wasn't exactly just jumping to help her out. He would've had to grow up a little bit for me. 

What book plot would you change?!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Swoon Thursday: What a Kiss Edition!

Swoon Thursday is a weekly event hosted by YA Bound.


 Here's what you do:

From the book you're currently reading, or one you just finished, tell me what made you swoon. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. Shout it out on twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments or grab the button above and share it on your blog.

"The night slows, blurs. Awareness rises, skin smolders. His fingertips graze my cheek, soft, questioning, and I lift my chin, hold his smoky, half-lidded,gaze unntil his mouth finds mine and then we are  both seeking, finding, staying. We kiss forever, hot and hotter, training, tangled, delirious, until Daisy sticks her cold nose right into our joined faces and snuffles, forcing us to fall back and away, laughing, gasping, stunned, hair disheveled, lips tingling, the top of my strapless gown and the bottom of his t-shirt in disarray from our hungry, eager hands touching, stroking, exploring the thrilling and mysterious unseen."
45% (e-ARC)

What made you swoon this week?!

Me Since You by Laura Weiss

e-ARC, 368 pages
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Published by: MTV Books
Stand-alone
Source: NetGalley (A huge thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this to me in exchange for a just and honest review!)
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Tear Jerkers

     Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl’s journey from innocence to devastating loss and, ultimately, to a strange and unexpected kind of understanding—in this beautiful and painfully honest new novel.
     Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?
     Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.
     If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother — and herself — from the endless replay of heartache and grief.
     Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?
 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     This one caught me completely off guard. The tragedy that's mentioned is NOT what I was expecting. It brings up the big issue of depression and a sense of loss that I've never read in a YA book before. And for this to be realistic fiction, it didn't feel like that at all. Why you ask? Because the characters and their emotions felt entirely TOO real to be fiction.
"'Semper Fi," he says softly, and closes the screen. "Always faithful."
20% e-ARC
     The character and the emotions were what drove me to love this story. Everything felt so real and the emotions were so raw. It physically hurt me everytime I read this book. Why? My EYES were super red and ridiculously puffy most of the time I was reading this. I was so invested in this book that I found myself reading it and sniffling from it at work. That's just how real everything felt to me.
"'We grow up believing that bad things don't happen to good people... but sometimes they do. It's a hard truth to accept, that life is not fair."
26% e-ARC
     Another thing I really loved was although it was a contemporary, it wasn't necessarily a contemporary romance. It wasn't centered on their feelings for each other. Don't get me wrong, Eli is definitely swoon worthy, but the book is more about Rowan's growth. Eli is a huge part of this because he helps her in so many ways, but at the same time, he is not the only thing that gets her thorough. Some things she used her mother for and other things it was just a mere cat.
"'Funny how nothing can turn into something when you least expect it."
42% e-ARC
      This tale of gripping emotion and wonderful characters focuses on something that not many other YA reads have focused on. I really appreciate that. SO many books now are the same or about the same thing. But not this one. She dared to be different and believe you me, it's a winner.
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: 2/26/14


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!

On the Fence

     She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…
     Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.
     Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

Expected Publication: July 1, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

Why I'm Waiting: Another Kasie West book! And this one has a character that I can definitely relate to! I've been a tomboy my entire life! I'm interested to see where this romance is going to go. Plus, there is apparently a sighting of Xander and Cayman!!!! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday Rewind!

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

This week's topic is:
 Top Ten Tuesday Rewind!
*These are in no particular order!

This week is a rewind so I went with something that had most definitely changed since the last time I did this topic... So, I chose my Top Ten Characters that I would crush on if I were also a fictional character


Side Effects May Vary
1. Bodee from Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens: I loved that he was a little different and not the super hot boy that's in most YA books. I also loved that he was just as broken and that he still found time to help her with her demons. 

2. Harvey from Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy: I know this one would probably be a lost cause, but he was so in love with Alice. I can't lie, I would be intrigued by how much he loved her and I would be a little jealous that he wouldn't feel that way about anyone else. Namely me. 

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)Be with Me (Wait for You, #2)
3. Roth from White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentout: Never mind that he's a demon. He's still hot. And he's pretty unselfish to be in his line of work. And let's be honest, his fighting style is HOT. 

4. Jase from Be With Me by J. Lynn: He is such an amazing person that's been through so many hardships. And with that one thing, he had to grow up so fast, but also because of it he shows so much responsibility. Plus, who could give up the chance to be with a certain someone all the time. (If you've read it, you know who I mean lol)

Frigid (Frigid, #1)Fangirl
5. Kyler from Frigid by J. Lynn: Guys, Kyler merely made this list because he's super hot lol I would love to be stuck in a cabin with him sometime! (Minus all the creepy stuff lolol)

6. Levi from FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell: HE. ASKED. HER. TO. READ. TO. HIM. Enough said lol 

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)The Distance Between Us
7. Isaiah from Crash Into You by Katie McGarry: This would not be a real list without a McGarry boy. And this one is my favorite one to date. He is broken but works through his hurt to better himself. And plus he has tattoos and knows so much about cars! 

8. Xander from The Distance Between Us by Kasie West: He didn't care about anything. He knew exactly what he wanted and he was ok with going for it. He didn't care what anyone else said or did. 

The Summer I Became a NerdThe Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)
9. Logan from The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller: Umm he was a nerd. Which I really appreciate. There aren't many YA books where the MC goes for the nerd instead of the super hot boy with perfect hair. But anyways, he also GETS comics and reading and that is extremely cool in my book.

10. Luc from The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan: He is a gargoyle. And that should serve as enough! He's super strong and he has superb fighting skills. And I think the idea of gargoyles are super cool, so yeah he is super crush worthy lol  

What characters would you crush on if you were a fictional character? 



Monday, February 24, 2014

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

ARC, 323 pages
Release Date: February  25, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen
Stand-alone
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Religion, Tear-Jerkers, YA

An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.
     Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.
     When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.
      A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.
 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I have so many thoughts about this book. And none of them involve what I was expecting when I had just read the synopsis a long time ago. But I'm happy about that. Because of that, I was able to just really enjoy this and not go into it thinking that I knew too much.
"'Sometimes life just sucks."
pg. 65 (ARC)
     When I found out about this book I was in the middle of a contemporary fiction with bigger issue phase. And when I heard about this one, I quickly added it to my TBR pile. But this one's bigger issue was a lot bigger than I thought it would be. It touches on religion, abuse, and love. And I say love because as a teen, being in love is a bigger issue. And what I loved about this novel is that Stevens wrote about all these issues in such a realistic way. I felt like I was watching this all play out in front of me instead of just the words in my head.  
"'Mom and Dad believe they invited Bodee into our home to help him, but the truth is, he's helping me."
pg. 97 (ARC)
     This brings me to another thing that I loved about this novel. Stevens' writing style. Her writing is beautiful and lyrical. So much so that I found myself closing the back flap and even reading the acknowledgements because I wanted to continue reading her writing. She has the type of writing that you find yourself hanging on every word because you don't want to miss anything. It sort of flows all together, like a song.  
"'Love is awkward sometimes."
pg. 120 (ARC)
      As for the romance in this one, I LOVED it. And Bodee gets an A+, Seal of Approval, and everything else from me. He was there for her through everything and he knew exactly what she needed, even when she didn't. He helped her overcome so much in that short time, and I was so thankful that she had someone. Because that's what she needed. And it was obvious because he drew it right out of her. With his support, she was able to conquer her demon.  
"'Easy is empty."
pg. 298 (ARC)
     The person that did that to her stole away her ability to love and I'm so happy that she gained not one, but so many more people after she lost him. With her being able to look at him all the time, she was so brave. I think that Stevens did a great job of keeping the attacker away from the reader, but I was able to figure out who it was. But all the same, the effect was not lost.
"It won't come with a bow on it, but God'll tie it up."
pg. 308 (ARC)
     This novel realistically shows that life isn't always perfect. It gives a harsh look into certain issues that some teens face: love, lies, abuse, and religion. I absolutely loved this novel and am looking forward to anything else that Stevens may write. Especially Bodee's tale, "The Blue Haired Boy," that comes out in March.
Overall, I give this


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #76 & 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.

For review:
He Belongs With MeSearching for Beautiful
He Belongs with Me by Sarah Darlington

Bought:
Something Real
Something Real by Heather Demetrios

ATWAT:
The Winner's Curse (Winner's Trilogy, #1)
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski


Weekly Wrap-Up

Sunday 02/16/14:  Stacking the Shelves #75
Monday 2/17/14: Beyond the Book: the one where I met Marissa Meyer!!! and my 5 Star review of Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Tuesday 02/18/14: Top Ten Tuesday: Top Reasons I love Being a Book Blogger and why I love reading!
Wednesday 02/19/14: My WoW featuring Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
Saturday 02/22/14: My 4 Star review of White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout

What went on at your blog this week?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ARC, 382 pages
Release Date: February  25, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen
The Dark Elements, #1
For fans of: Paranormal Romance, Gargoyles, Young Adult 


One kiss could be the last
     Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.
     Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.
     But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

*MY THOUGHTS*

       When I had the chance to read this, I was in the middle of a book slump. I grabbed the chance because I knew that JLA can always cure a book slump. And then, after reading Bitter Sweet Love, I was super excited about it! And trust me, it was worth it! 
"After all, Hell has had its eyes on you for quite some time."
pg. 88 (ARC)
     The characters in this were amazing. I loved the way they shifted, the way they fought, and the way they interacted with each other. It was cool to see how even though they were all non-human, they all had human emotions. They fell in love, they despised certain people, and they were so jealous all the time. Seeing as you're dealing with Wardens and demons, you could see how that would be a big thing to mention. 
"People with the purest souls are capable of the greatest evils."
pg. 127 (ARC)
     I also loved the EPIC fight scenes. If there's two things JLA knows, its super swoony boys and EPIC battles. And throughout the entire book its sprinkled with those kinds of battles. They had me on the edge of my seat wondering how the character would live. And that last one..... Dude, I hated that that ONE thing happened. I felt so bad. For both of them. I was literally stunned. So be advised, this will leave you with no nails and hair that you've torn out lol 
"The Seeker, the zombie, and the possessed... that sounds like the start of a really bad joke, doesn't it?"
pg. 192 (ARC)
     Lastly, this wouldn't be a JLA book without the romance and the swoony boy! There are two boys in this one, one of which is a demon so he's off limits and the other which is a Warden so he's basically off limits too. (Now that I really think about it, Layla's love life sucked lol) But the most swoony is Roth. Yes Roth the demon. It sounds crazy, but he's not all bad. You'll understand down the road. Trust me. 
"There has to be good and bad in the world. There has to be choice."
pg. 261 (ARC)
     In short, here's another great JLA book! It had all her signature things: a great heroine, a cool paranormal creature, a swoony boy, and the epic fighting. Trust me, its another one that you don't want to miss! 
Overall, I give this


Friday, February 21, 2014

Follow Friday: I cried like a baby!


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!

Q: What was the last book that made you cry? 

 
     There's not much I can say about Maybe One Day for fear of spoilers, but beware that you WILL need tissues for this read. And by tissues I mean an entire box....... 

What book made you cry last? 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: 2/19/14


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!

Kiss Kill Vanish

     Valentina Cruz no longer exists.
     One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.
     She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.
     She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Expected Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Why I'm Waiting: This synopsis sounds super cool The first time I heard about it, I started making up theories of how it might end in my head. Of course I have no idea lol but I can't wait to know! 

What are you waiting on this week?!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader

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

This week's topic is:
 Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger/Reader
*These are in no particular order!


WHY I LOVE BEING A BLOGGER: 


1.Giving books I normally wouldn't have picked up a chance because a blogger recommended it to me. (Perfect example: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor. I hadn't wanted to read it because although it was a contemp, it wasn't a contemp romance so I wasn't that interested. In the end, it became one of my favorite things about the book! Thank you Princess Bookie!)

2. Comparing reviews. Just because I LOVED something doesn't mean that everyone did. And vice versa.

3. I love seeing others just as passionate about books as I am.

4. I love being able to discuss the books I read and having someone know what I'm talking about. When I talk to my mom and boyfriend, they always just shake their heads like "Okkkkk....." lol 

5. I love interacting with authors and publishers and knowing about all the bookish events near me. As a regular reader, I would never have known as much about them as I do now.

WHY I LOVE BEING A READER:


6. My family wasn't exactly well off when I was a little kid and I didn't get to go on many vacations. Because of this I read a lot and let the books "Take Me Away" to different places. 

7. My imagination is huge. It's nice to let it run away sometimes. 

8. I learn so many different things from all the books I read, and as you all know, knowledge is power.

9. It doesn't matter what I have going on, I'm mostly never bored. I clearly make my own adventures every time I open a book. 

10. Simply put, I'm an introvert and I don't like to be social very much. Taking out a book and spending a night on my couch is more exciting than going out and drinking and doing things to me. 

Why do YOU love being a reader or a blogger?