Thursday, June 25, 2015

Short Review The Story of US (Carnage 1) by Lesley Jones

I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.
"Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry" ... He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it...
"I said I love you like the stars above, I'll love you till I die"
Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean's story will stay with you long after you read the final word. 
An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.
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My Review

This was a long winded story that had me eventually dislike (strongly) each character! It was a mix of cliche and unbelievable situation.  Georgia Rae (<---really) one of those female leads you want to throw the book at a few times, then yes this is her. From the blurb - I expected a lot more - a lot more emotional connection and a better leading Man - Sean was meh at best. It dragged a bit and lost my interest more than once.

None the less, if you like a lot of raging hormones, bickering love and hate, a bit of cheating, and eyerolling...and the drama rolling - this is the book to read!


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Updates!


Happy Summer fellow book readers!! A few updates

Drum roll! I will be joining the forces over at Boricuan Book Worms Blog with two other amazing book lovers reviewing books, Marianne and Jennifer!! My first review of  The Deal by Elle Kennedy Here





I'm so excited to share I ordered an awesome mystery box from The Bookworm Box created by the amazing Colleen Hoover!!! It's a mystery book filled with books some signed and surprises! The funds are going to a great cause. Not sure if there's any spots left to join but more can be read below on their site.
Check out the site here!

(photo is from there website)





I've also found another amazing source for children's books!! These are perfect for my little Princess to become a book lover just like mommy! They have a variety of books in ages and style AND the prices is awesomeness of affordable! Check out the site Here!

(photo is my small stash)









I've also been added to The IndieView, which is an awesome website that spotlights Indie Authors and hooks up bloggers with Indie books! My inbox has been pretty busy receiving many request to review books. I read each email and honestly wish I could read each book that comes into my inbox, but I wouldn't be able to have a quick turn around or give each book the proper attention for a review. Therefor, I pick the blurbs that stand out to my interest the most. Right now, it's 2-4 weeks reading list.
 http://www.theindieview.com/


My Reading list

I have quite of few books to read through (thank you so much NetGalley), my own Kindle stash, and few from Authors!

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

All that Celeste Wilder ever wanted was to find someone who would sweep her off her feet like she had seen in countless romantic movies. When she meets the gorgeous and mysterious Constantin brothers her senior year of high school, she gets much more than what she had bargained for. As they introduce her to an exciting supernatural world that she never imagined existed, she makes a startling discovery about her own family legacy and is forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.     
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Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner. Add to Goodreads


More books on to be read very soon...

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk
Revved by Samantha Towle


Anticipated books - waiting to be added/release 2015

July 7 2015
BOOK 2 
Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.


September 15, 2015
For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.
Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.
Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.
 

June 16, 2015
A classic fairy tale with a new twist, the Beauty and the Beast saga begins with Depravity... 
Sixteen year old Benella is concerned with two things–avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately, the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast. 
When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet, the fate isn’t one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose. 

Free books - click link will bring to Amazon to add book 
Blood and Sympathy by Lori L Clark
Celestial Beginnings by Rebekah Daniels
Fighting for Flight by JB Salsbury <---- pretty good almost done reading
Death Wish by Megan Tayte
Fearsome by S.A. Wolfe
Shattered Rose by Tammy L Gray





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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mini Review Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn't love you, first? 
No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case. 
Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.
Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all. 
In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.
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My Review & Thoughts

The style of this book was very different from the previous bad boy brother's series. Of course Beautiful Disaster being one of my favorite reads sets the expectations of any other book to follow be greater - unfortunately no other brother has done it for me like Travis!

Besides that, Beautiful Redemption has its own story. Liis is a feisty mixture of a chic! She started off with fire and an attitude that sizzled down with her never ending indecisive 'to love or not to love'.

I found both leading character's behavior to be whinny and immature at times - especially with their said profile as a character. The bickering went on for sometime that I eventually said get on with it already. I was expecting a bit more in this book. None the less, I'm entranced into knowing more of each of the brothers!

As mentioned not only is the style of characters different but the hot scenes in this book kicked up ten notches from the previous in the series. I could only imagine what the Author has for in the next in book three!

Book three Maddox series is available Add to Goodreads here
Recommended Read - Summer pick!







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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Review An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
 



My Review & Thoughts:
Genre(s): Young Adult, Teen, Fantasy

"All the beauty of the stars means nothing when life here on earth is so ugly." - Laia

This was one of my anticipated reads for 2015, the build up was well rewarded! This is going to be an amazing series I can't wait to follow obsess over!

Laia brother is arrested after her grandparents are murdered right in front of her by the ruthless silver mask guards. Now on the run from the mask, Laia seeks the help of the resistance underground. They must help her...after all her parents were their past leaders before they were betrayed and murdered. Sent as a servant spy under the Commandment, Laia must return information in trade for her brother's planning escape. Not everything is as it seems and there might be a snake closer than she expects.
All Elias wants is to be free...free of being a mask, free from his mother, grandfather...away from it all. He plans to run away after graduating from Blackcliff but plans are put on hold. Elias is put into trails, where he either fights for his life or death. Going through the obstacles, he does not count on meeting Laia and finding out the plots against him.

Within the first few pages, it had my full attention presenting a new order the Martial Empire that is ran by silver mask, lethal guards. There's many secrets, betrayals, and new information evolving throughout the book. Mixed with sinister leaders and vicious new order of power, it had a mixture of dark and disturbing scenarios. The story, setting, world build was refreshing and unique in the young adult genre. I have over 30 spots highlighted in the book I wanted to add to my review - don't want to overload and selected a few of my favorites!

Laia is one of those characters either you love or hate her. The beginning of the book I was the latter... she was annoying, naive, and weak. Fear not, she changes through out the story to a strong female lead who goes through more than can be imagined. Becoming the servant to the sadistic leader of Blackcliff Military Academy - she endures brutality, pain, and deceit.

"Other wounds have replaced them. Three lashes on my legs for a dust stain on my skirt. Four lashes on my wrists for not finishing her mending. A black eye from a Skull in a foul mood." 
- Laia

Elias had his own story to tell. He was as much of it, even at times more than Laia. Helena was a great addition to the plot and spinning the story around. She's the only other female mask - other than the Commandment.

"You an ember in the ashes Elias Venturius. You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it." 

The story was not focus on the romance but more in building the character's of Elias and Laia. Their connection sparks throughout the book. It's over 400 pages but it breezed on by, the action and anticipation kept it moving. Highly Recommending this book for a summer (anytime) read!
Cliffhanger warning!!

Mini Excerpt
""You think I want to feel this way about you? I hate it, Elias. Watching you flirt with Illustrian girls and sleep with Scholar slaves and find the good in everyone-everyone- but me." A sob escapes her- the only time I've ever heard her cry. She chokes it back. "Loving you is the worst thing that has ever happened to me-worse than the Commnadant's whippings, worse than the Trails. It's torture Elias." She digs a shaking hand into her hair. "You don't know what it's like. You have no idea what I've given up for you, the deal I made-" "What do you mean?" I say. "What deal? With who? For What?" She doesn't answer. She's walking-running-away from me."






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