Friday, October 31, 2014

Follow Friday: Reccs for Contemp Newbies!

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!

what book would you give newbies to your favorite genre?
This week's question came from ME, so be sure to answer it!!! :) 

My favorite genre is Contemporary Romance! Quite simply, I LOVE a good LOVE story! Most people that aren't fans of it like a little more action in there stories, so I would say to go with some contemps that will make them laugh, keep them entertained, or maybe some thrillers that may include some romance as well! So, here's one of each that I think a newbie contemp reader should read! 

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Catching JordanFrigid (Frigid, #1)

          Obvi Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is so fluffy and cute and it will keep you laughing throughout the entire book. Lola and the Boy Next Door is a good followup to this one if you love it. 
     Then there is Catching Jordan by Miranda Keneally. Jordan is an awesome character that gives new meaning to the words "Girl Power." 
     Last, a favorite contemp thriller of mine is Frigid by J. Lynn. I suggest this one because not only is it a contemp with some HAWT scenes, it also has substance. There's someone creepy lurking around and it still has a really nice romance with it. Besides, WHO DOESN'T LOVE JLA?!

Anyone have any reccs for the fantasy genre? 
If so, send them my way! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: 10/29/14

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!

The Fill-In Boyfriend

     When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
     The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
     Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Published by: HarperTeen
Expected Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Why I'm Waiting: Honestly? I'll read anything contemp by Kasie West. I LOVED The Distance Between Us and On the Fence was definitely something I could fully relate to. I'm hoping this one will be light and fluffy like the other ones and give me some very swoony feels! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Books to Help get you in the Halloween Spirit!

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 Ten Books to Help you get in the Halloween Spirit!


 Black Ice
1. Black Ice by Becca Fitzptrick: Yeah its not about monsters and things, but it's a thriller that really scared me. It features a girl that gets kidnapped and there's guns and.... Yeah I was a little freaked out for a while. 


Panic
2. Panic by Lauren Oliver: Man, this book was nuts. It was all over the place. It wasn't exactly scary, but it was a thriller. It made me uncomfortable for sure. 

The Dead and Buried
3. The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington: This one features ghosts and possessed kids. Yeah it gets a little weird. 

The Naturals (The Naturals, #1)
4. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: This one is about a crazy killer that sends presents. Tell me that's not weird. It will definitely get you to the edge of your seat. 

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)
5. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke: This book is creepy. There's not much I can say besides that, but it really is lol I have the second one, but I just haven't gotten around to it. I plan to read it soon!

Wicked Games
6. Wicked Games by Sean Olin: This book was crazy. This girl and the dude were in a weird relationship. Trust me when I say there was A LOT going on. 

Ten
7. Ten by Gretchen McNeil: This one was creepy because it was like every scary movie I've ever seen. Every time they get together, some kind of way someone else died. 

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)
8. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga: This dude is the son of a serial killer. Tell me that's not weird as hell. Glad he's trying to figure out how NOT to be like him! 

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: Man this book is so weird. You really have to think when you read this one. 

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
10. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendre Blake: If this book didn't make it to your list, you clearly haven't read it. This book is definitely creepy and will put you in the mood for anything scary. 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Talon by Julie Kagawa

ARC, 413 pages
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Talon, #1
Source: ATWT
For fans of: Fantasy, Romance, Shape-Shifters, Dragons, YA

     Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.
     Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.
     Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Let me start by saying this is my first Kagawa book. I know, I know, she is an author that is huge in the YA community, but I was always put off by fairies and vampires which are the other things she's written about. But now after reading this, I can say, I have completely been turned into a fan girl and I want to read ALL THE THINGS BY HER.
"Geez, that's twice now you've shown up to rescue me. Are you some sort of knight in training or something?'."
pg. 113
     I was completely won over by Kagawa's writing style. It was easy to follow and kept me interested the entire time. I was hanging on to every page and didn't want to put it down. By the end, I wanted to call in to work just to finish it. It was that good you guys. The other thing about the writing style that I loved were the steamy scenes. Let me tell you, she can definitely write those. I swooned so hard so many times. I can't wait for the world to meet Garret! He's such a sweetheart with so many secrets. 
"'Dragons are never prey. Dragons are hunters."
pg. 128
     Also, the plot flowed really well. With it being filled with twists and turns like that, I'm amazed to see how she could make it flow so easily. And when I say twists and turns, I mean it. I didn't know who to trust the entire book. I had all these feelings swirling in my head, but I couldn't figure out how to put two and two together. I wanted to trust everyone and no one at the same time. In the end, all those secrets are what got to me. There's a bit of a cliff hanger in the actual story and an even bigger one in the Epilogue. I can't wait to see where this story goes next.
"'Forget the mission. Forget the Order, and the war, and my objective."
pg. 159
     This brings me to the characters. For awhile I really didn't like Ember. She was stubborn and she didn't have any regard for authority or anyone else for that matter. It kind of grated on my nerves because that never ends well. But as the book went on and secrets were unveiled, I was starting to agree with her. In the end she turned out to be a strong character that I really felt I got to know. Don't get me wrong, she's still impulsive, but I can understand her reasoning better now. As for Garret, he's about the exact same way. He is just as impulsive but I understood why he made the decision he made. 
"'I didn't know what I was missing until I met you."
pg. 276
     Buttttt, then there's still some things I didn't like... Like the love triangle. Did it really have to be there? I felt like it was more than that because Garret, Garret, secret, Riley, Riley's secret, and Ember all seem to have their own thing going on. It was just too much and I don't think it HAD to be there. They had an animal attraction yes, but it wasn't the real thing. Well I don't think so. 
"'Give him a hooker and he'd use her for target practice"
pg. 327 
     I don't normally care for fantasy, but I really liked this one. Maybe because there weren't any high fantasy elements besides the dragons, but for whatever reason I really liked this one. If I can find more fantasies like this one to help me ease more into the genre I will read them. Thank you for opening my world to another genre Kagawa! From the plot to the characters, this was one fantasy book I was glad I did not miss!
Overall, I give this 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #105 & 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.




From the library:
I boutght two of these for my sister and me since we both love the library! I know she's going to be excited to receive it!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
I told myself I was going to go and just do homework when I went to the libray... Yeahhhh of course I had to get something smh

Everyone's been talking about this series since the 3rd book came out and I saw Maggie talking about someone dying from this series on Twitter and naturally I wanted to know what she was talking about. (Apparently I like to torture myself smh) 

 I had to get this one because it was all the other witch books I've read haven't been any good, but I've heard really great things about this one.

After all that drama last weekend I needed a light, fluffy contemp pick me up. I went to Twitter and one of my favorite recommenders, Molli M, came through as always! She said this one but my library didn't have it :( They shipped it from another one and got it in yesterday! Can't wait to start it!

I have to admit, everything about this past TTT made me want to read all the series I missed out befire. 

I  only got this one because I wanted a spooky read for Halloween. The sad thing is, I'm probably not going to read it until afterwards smh

This one was an ebook. It just so happened it was made available at the same time as all my other holds. 

Weekly Wrap-Up

Wednesday 10/15/14: My WoW featuring Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler
Wednesday 10/22/14: My WoW featuring Invincible by Amy Reed
Friday 10/23/14: Follow Friday: Bookish Deaths *SPOILER ALERT*

What went on at your blog this week?







Friday, October 24, 2014

Follow Friday: Bookish Deaths :(

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 characters, sometimes our favorites, die during books. If you'd get to choose, who would you bring back?
*Please be advised this may induce spoilers.*

1. Tris from the Divergent series. (Mind you this isn't why I hated the last book, so don't think this is why I hated it. )

2. Sirius Black from Harry Potter. When he died I realized that he lost almost every father figure he ever had. He only had Ron's dad still around :( 

3, Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars. Gahhhhhh the feels. No explanation needed. 

4. DUMBLEDORE:  NO EXPLANATION NEEDED. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle

ARC, 320 pages
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Published by: Poppy
Stand-alone
Source: ATWT
For fans of: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Summer Lovin, YA

     When seventeen-year-old Paige Townsen gets plucked from obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling movie set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People's Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie's famous love triangle, Paige's crazy new life begins to resemble her character's.
     In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is -- and who she wants -- while the whole world watches.
 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Reading the synopsis of this would make any reader interested in reading it. At the very least because everyone was sure they had seen this very thing happen in real life. (*ahem* Kristen Stewart/ Robert Pattinson/Taylor Lautner lmao *ahem*) I wasn't sure I wanted to read this because of the love triangle, but at the same time, I knew it didn't hurt to give it a try. 
"'If yo stay closer to the ground, you have less distance to fall."
pg. 11
     For this to have a love triangle though, it wasn't much romance in it. A kiss here and another one there and that was it. She spent most of her time confessing her love in her head. Nothing was really said out loud. And for that, I guess it made for a light fluffy contemporary. It just wasn't for me though.
"'My mother used to tell me that you can't have everything in this world. That's just not how it works."
pg. 156
     I'm all for a light fluffy romance, but not if I don't connect with the characters really well. And that was my problem with this one. Paige was acting really weird. Like she knew both dudes for a few days and was instantly attracted to them. Yes that's cool, but don't end up saying you love them. Both of them. Maybe I've just been raised old fashioned, but what I was told, you can only love one person in that way. At a time anyways. She was throwing around that l word everywhere. And as far as Rainer and Jordan, there's so much we never found out about them. I just felt like they weren't well rounded out characters. So much so that I didn't care to know anything about them, I was a little happy that she never said much about them lol 
"'She finally understands what it means to fall for someone," he said. That part of loving someone where you're totally consumed by them."
pg. 216
     What I did like though was the writing style and setting. I've never been to Hawaii, but while reading this I had so many pictures of it running through my head! The way she described the surfers, the water, how she woke up early to swim, they were all the things I would imagine myself doing! It was just pretty cool to be able to "visit Hawaii" even from my couch!
"'I'm used to being surrounded by people and feeling alone."
pg. 259
     Although I didn't love it, I didn't hate it either. It served its purpose as a light fluffy read, but that wasn't what hooked me.If you're looking for a fast read, this one may be the one you need! Especially if you'd like for it to "Take You Away..."
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: 10/22/14

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!

Invincible

     Evie is living on borrowed time. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago and told that by now she’d be dead. Evie is grateful for every extra day she gets, but she knows that soon this disease will kill her. Until, miraculously, she may have a second chance to live.
     All Evie had wanted was her life back, but now that she has it, she feels like there’s no place for her in it—at least, not for the girl she is now. Her friends and her parents still see her as Cancer Girl, and her boyfriend’s constant, doting attention is suddenly nothing short of suffocating.
     Then Evie meets Marcus. She knows that he’s trouble, but she can’t help falling for him. Being near him makes her feel truly, fully alive. It’s better than a drug. His kiss makes her feel invincible—but she may be at the beginning of the biggest free fall of her life.

Published by: Katherine Tegen Books 
Expected Publication: April 28, 2015

Why I'm Waiting: We all know I'm a sucker for Health in YA contemps, and this one is no exception. And to make it better, she survives and starts making decisions on her own. Plus I LOVE this cover! The turquoise is so pretty

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


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top 10 Series I Want to Start!

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 New Series I want to start! (From the last year or two) 

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)Just One Year (Just One Day, #2)Just One Night (Just One Day, #2.5)
1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Published 01/2013) : As a contemp fan I'm not sure why I haven't read this one yet. An even more embarrassing fact: THIS BOOK IS SITTING ON MY SHELF. I am officially the weirdest person in the world. (Just One Year published 10/2013, Just One Night published 05/2014)

The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy, #2)
2. The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas (Published 09/2013): I love this cover and I can't believe I didn't read it as soon as it was released. I will read it very soon tho. Like as soon as I can. Because really, this cover is gorgeous and I've heard there magic and diversity and awesome. (The Perilous Sea published 09/2014)

Nantucket Blue (Nantucket, #1)Nantucket Red (Nantucket, #2)
3. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland (Published 05/2013): I LIVED ON A BEACH FOR SEVERAL YEARS OF MY LIFE. Plus, my favorite reads are summer romances. I'm certain this is a series I NEED to start! (Nantucket Red published 05/2014)

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4. Winger by Andrew Smith (Published 05/2013): I'll be honest, I have no idea what this book is about, but I can say that I was intrigued by the cover after everyone started talking about it. i added it to my TBR promptly after that. (Stand-off, it's sequel, published 01/2015)

Hemlock (Hemlock, #1)Thornhill (Hemlock, #2)Willowgrove (Hemlock, #3)
5. Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (Published 05/2012): I remember taking this off my radar because I wasn't a huge werewolf fan adter Twilight. But now, the covers keep getting prettier and the synopsis more and more interesting, so I want to at least give them a shot.... (Thornhill published 09/2013  and Willowgrove 11/2014)

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)
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6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Published 07/2013): Another one I added to my TBR just because the cover was cool smh I even bought this one as a Nook copy. Did I ever read it tho? And the worst part is, i've heard amazing things about these titles and I am missing them all! (The Dream Thieves published 09/2013, Blue Lily, Lily Blue published 10/2014)

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)
7. Shadow and Bones by Leigh Bardugo (Published 06/2012): Why yes, I do own the first and second book in this series. Why no, I have not read them. It's because I'm not a huge fan of fantasy, but one day I will get around to them. Like that's a must. (Siege and Storm published 06/2013, Ruin and Rising published 06/2014)

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)
8. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Published 05/2013): I read the prequel stories, but I don't think that counts. I still haven't gotten the full picture of Celaena... And I really want to! (Crown of Midnight published 08/2013 and Heir of Fire published 09/2014)

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, #2)In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)
9. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken(Published 12/2012): I bought this book with a Target giftcard I had. I was SO PUMPED to read it because it sounded so cool! But alas, the  last book in the series is already about to come out and I have yet to read it. (Never Fade published 10.2013, and In the Afterlight publishes 10/2014) 

 Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
10. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (Published 10/2014): I've heard nothing but great things about this book! And I heard it;s kind of about the seasons going to war with each other? If that's the case, sign me up! This series will surely be interesting.