Friday, November 29, 2013

Indefinite Hiatus

Due to situations beyond my control, I am unable to keep up with the blog at this time. I will resume my reviews once I get life under control. I apologize for my absence. I hope you all have a terrific holiday season.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CRYSTAL FIRE by Jordan Dane

Rating: F
Release Date: 11/26/13
Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

A storm is brewing on the streets of LA, one that has intensified since a tragic and deadly confrontation claimed an innocent life.

While Gabriel Stewart trains his army of teen psychics to stop Alexander Reese--the obsessed leader of the Believers--the fanatical church becomes more bent on the annihilation of all Indigo and Crystal children. They're silencing the voices of the telepathic hive, one soul at a time, with frightening experiments cruelly executed on vulnerable minds.

When the Believers torture a mysterious homeless boy, Oliver Blue, they brainwash him into betraying his own. The boy becomes a deadly pawn to take Gabriel down. As the fires of chaos burn around him, Gabe is running out of time. He'll need to confront his past--and the man who made him--before the hope of peace for the future is silenced forever.

My thoughts on the book:
These covers are so pretty, and the synopses always sound so good. However, the books always disappoint. The lack of character development, the boring writing, and the tedious plot made this book pure torture for me to read. I'm done with this series and this author. I gave it one more try for the simple reason that sometimes first books aren't the best representations of authors' work. In this case, the first book represented the awful writing perfectly. I'm sorry I even requested this one in the first place. 

Rayne is obnoxious and stupid. I really can't stand her character, and she hasn't grown in the least over the past two books. She just gets in the way and does dumb stuff all the time. I really hated reading from her perspective. Gabriel doesn't have much personality, so he bored me to death. I really didn't care what happened to him or the other people as long as the dullness stopped. Lucas is a pansy, in my opinion, and he needs to toughen up. He also annoyed me. Raphael's character changes drastically, and I just didn't buy it. Honestly, I just didn't like any of the characters.

The pacing is slow-as-molasses, and the plot is dull. Things jump around a lot and don't connect well. The writing is pretty awful, and the romances are just ridiculous. The most annoying romance to me is Rayne and Gabriel. Just yuck. Also, the alternating points of view gave me a headache. The voices of the characters were similar enough that I couldn't really tell one from the other. Therefore I had to stop and make a conscious effort to remember whose POV I was reading several times. There were 5+ points of view, and that is just too many. 

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I did not enjoy it at all, nor did I enjoy the first book in the series. I know a lot of people liked this book, but it's obviously not for me. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

PAWN by Aimee Carter

Rating: A-
Release Date: 11/26/13

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. 

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. 

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

My thoughts on the book:
I absolutely adored the Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter, so it comes as no surprise that Pawn did not disappoint. Like with her previous work, Carter created dynamic characters, a suspenseful plot, and plenty of romantic tension. This is one of the few unique Dystopians out there, and I truly enjoyed every page of this novel. If you are looking for something new in the genre, then this book is for you.

Kitty is a likable and strong heroine. She's flawed, and she makes mistakes, but she tries to do what's best. There were a couple of times when I wanted to smack her, but overall, I really liked her character. I couldn't stand her attachment to Benjy, though, because I did not like him in the least. I understood it, but I didn't like it. Benjy doesn't seem to have much of a personality, and I just don't like guys with red hair, in general (long story), so that turned me off from him immediately. I know that Carter is probably trying to create a love interest that doesn't look like all the other love interests, but between his hair and his personality, I just was not impressed at all. In fact, Benjy is the reason I ranked this book as an A- instead of A+. Knox, on the other hand, completely won me over. I absolutely adored him. Celia is interesting, and I hope to learn more about her as the series progresses. Daxton is completely terrifying.

The plot itself is full of suspense. It kept me on the edge of my seat because anyone could die at any minute. Some of the things, such as a ranked society, had been done before, but completely turning Kitty into Lila with technologically advanced plastic surgery is a new concept, as far as I know. The world-building is top notch, and the futuristic America Carter created is horrifying. I would not want to live there. The romantic element is a bit frustrating because I loathe Benjy. There is a sort of love triangle between Kitty and Knox and Benjy guys, though it's complicated and much different than the generic, angsty YA love triangles. Therefore, it didn't annoy me. I'm completely rooting for Knox, though. We'll see what happens. Carter doesn't give any hints to make me think one guy may win over the other at this point. The ending is a cliffhanger, and I'm already counting the days until the release of the sequel. I hate cliffhangers, but this book was so good that it didn't anger me. 

Overall, I'd recommend Pawn to those who are looking for something a little bit different. With top notch characters, terrific world-building, and a suspenseful plot, Dystopian fans are sure to eat this book up.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Feature and Follow #40

This is a meme hosted every Friday by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, where book bloggers answer a question each week and check out how others answered it. It's a cool way for bloggers and viewers to connect and learn more about each other!

Please state in the post if you're a new follower or old follower. If you don't tell me that you are following, then I don't know that you are. Therefore, I'll not follow you back. I would like to follow each and every one of you back, so it is important that you clearly state that you are following me and not just stopping by. When someone says, "just saying hi!" or "just hopping through!" then I have no idea if you are following or not. That means that I may or may not return the visit, depending on how much time I have. The people who state they are following me will definitely get a visit and follow back. Also be sure to leave a link back to your blog, otherwise I won't know where to go to follow you! Thank you.

Since I don't do vlogs (no one wants to see me without make up and at a bad camera angle with awful lighting), I'm skipping this week's question. Sorry, haha. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

PUSHED by Corrine Jackson

Rating: A-
Release Date: 11/26/13
She didn’t know how far she’d go—until she was pushed.

Remy O’Malley was just learning to harness her uncanny healing power when she discovered the other,darker half of her bloodline. Now she lives trapped between two worlds, uneasy among her fellow
Healers—and relentlessly hunted by the Protectors.

Forced to conceal her dual identity, and the presence of her Protector boyfriend Asher Blackwell, Remy encounters a shadow community of Healers who will put her loyalties to the test.

Pushed to the limit, with the lives of those she loves most on the line, Remy must decide whether to choose sides in a centuries-old war—or make the ultimate sacrifice and go to a place from which she may never return…

My thoughts on the book:
Pushed is a fantastic sequel to Touched. I enjoyed the first book in the series, but I wasn't absolutely in love with it. However, this time around, Jackson won me over. I fell in love with the setting, the characters, and the plot. I can't wait to see what Jackson has in store for her characters next. They grew so much in this installment, and the plot was fast paced and intense. This is turning out to be one of my favorite YA series, and I'm glad that Kensington gave me the opportunity to try it out. 

Remy grew so much in this installment. She was kind of weak, in my opinion, in the first book. She was still super desperate to be loved, a lot like her mother, but she also recognized her faults and worked to fix them. She became a very strong force to be reckoned with by the end of this novel. Asher also grew, and I enjoyed his relationship with Remy. The character I loved reading about the most, however, was Gabe. We really got to know him better this time around, and I found that I really like him a lot! I can't wait to see more of him in the next book. Jackson also introduced some new characters that surprised me. Remy's grandfather was a big part of this novel, and it took me awhile to figure out how I felt about him. I really liked Erin and hope we get to see her again in the next book. Alcais has the potential to become a really, really bad enemy.

The plot itself had so many twists and turns that I felt like I was on a rollercoaster. It was action packed and full of suspense. I couldn't put this book down. Poor Remy couldn't catch a break. Unlike many second books, Pushed was no filler story. It stood on its own with a perfectly paced and tightly plotted narrative. There's a bit of a love triangle, which I didn't like - this is why the book got an A- instead of A+. It seemed a bit natural, but it didn't have to happen. There were ways around it. However, once I see what Jackson has in store for us next, I may agree with it more. The ending was a cliffhanger, which I hate, but it left me dying to read the next installment. 

Overall, I'd recommend this book and series to anyone who is looking for a different kind of YA paranormal read. It's extremely entertaining and has some depth and darkness to it. Give this series a chance. You won't be sorry. For those who already read and enjoyed the first book, Pushed will not disappoint. 

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Spotlight: DEAD DREAMS by Emma Right Excerpt

Young Adult-Psychological Thriller-Mystery

Re-release date: October 2013

Series: Dead Dreams #1
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams--of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.

About the Author

Emma Right

Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast. Besides running a busy home, and looking after too many pets, she also enjoys reading aloud to her children and often has her nose in a book. Right was a copywriter for a major advertising agency during her B.C. years. B.C.meaning “Before Children,” which may as well have been in the B.C.era, as she always says. |

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Feature and Follow #39

This is a meme hosted every Friday by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, where book bloggers answer a question each week and check out how others answered it. It's a cool way for bloggers and viewers to connect and learn more about each other!

Please state in the post if you're a new follower or old follower. If you don't tell me that you are following, then I don't know that you are. Therefore, I'll not follow you back. I would like to follow each and every one of you back, so it is important that you clearly state that you are following me and not just stopping by. When someone says, "just saying hi!" or "just hopping through!" then I have no idea if you are following or not. That means that I may or may not return the visit, depending on how much time I have. The people who state they are following me will definitely get a visit and follow back. Also be sure to leave a link back to your blog, otherwise I won't know where to go to follow you! Thank you.

Q: What book are you embarrassed to admit you LOVED? (try to think beyond Twilight).
A: I'm generally not embarrassed to admit that I love anything. I can't think of a single book that I'm embarrassed to like. I didn't like Twilight, so I can't even pick that one. I guess the Hush, Hush series because I'm generally not one for all encompassing love, no matter what, but I actually enjoyed that story.

What about you? What book are you embarrassed to like?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sorry for the lack of updates

Things have been super busy at work lately, but this week seems to be going better. Therefore, my updates will come more frequently again. Thanks for sticking with me! I have some great books to talk about soon!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

THE IRON TRAITOR by Julie Kagawa

Rating: B-
Release Date: 10/29/13
In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice. 

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again. 

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

My thoughts on the book:
The Iron Traitor is a much better book than The Lost Prince, in my opinion. The characters are less annoying, the book is more tightly plotted, and Kagawa's writing is top notch. I actually enjoyed this book and learning about the characters. Also, the continued world-building of this series is impressive. Iron Fey fans will not be disappointed with this installment. 

Ethan really annoyed me in the last novel, so I was pleasantly surprised with how his character had grown. He is much more grown up this time around, and he is more open-minded and has a better understanding of things. Kenzie also doesn't annoy me as much, which is a good thing. Furthermore, I really loved getting to know more about Keirran. His situation with Annwyl is intriguing and their relationship is strong. With all of that being said, these characters still can't hold a flame to Meghan and Ash. Yes, the old characters make cameos, but it just isn't the same. I wish I didn't compare the series and the spin-off, but I do. 

The plot is captivating and had me hooked. The pacing is much better than in the first novel, and I didn't get bored once. Even though I don't like these characters quite as much as the originals, I still cared about their fate this time. The ending irritated me because it's a cliffhanger, and it's one HUGE cliffhanger. You guys know how I feel about that. I can't wait for the next installment, but at the same time, I am really aggravated that this book ended the way it did. The life of a reader is hard, sometimes, haha. 

Overall, I'd recommend this book to fans of the Iron Fey series. Also, this spin-off can be read as a standalone series, so fans of faeries in general would be advised to check this out. 

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Congratulations to Anne F. for winning My Lady Quicksilver!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Spotlight: WITHOUT YOU by Brooklyn Skye + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Without You blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Without You
Release Date: 10/22/13

*A novella to the best-selling New Adult novel STRIPPED*

She was broken when I met her, shattered from the death of her sister and running from love. Not to sound like an egotistical douche or anything, but I fixed her. Put her back together, filled in the cracks, and made her whole. A true fairytale in her eyes.

But now real life is getting in the way: school, jobs, and the unexpected opportunity to travel the world under a legendary photographer. This internship will open doors not even my father’s influence could. It’s something I’ve been waiting all my life for. But so is Quinn, and accepting this internship will mean leaving her. 

And breaking her all over again.

Links to book one:

Character Spotlight:
Character: Torrin Kingsley
Age: Twenty
Celebrity his personality most resembles: Paul Wesley
Quirk: Looks for hope in hopeless things.

           ~Something no one else knows~
He doesn’t regret a single moment spent with Quinn.

~Quinn (obviously!)
~Drawing smiley faces in steamed-up windows


About the Author:
Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words. You can follow her on Twitter as @brooklyn__skye or visit her web site for updates, teasers, giveaways, and more.

***Author Links***

Special Announcement: A Limited Edition of WITHOUT YOU will be available for release week only which includes a bonus interview between Torrin and the author!

Special Deal: Both STRIPPED and WITHOUT YOU will be on sale for $0.99. If you purchase both and forward the receipt to the author at, she will send you a handwritten letter! 

Signed picture of cover, signed paperback copy of STRIPPED, and a $50 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner's choice) (US only)

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Rating: B
The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?

My thoughts on the book:
Infinityglass is a surprisingly good ending to this trilogy. I loved Hourglass, but I did not like Timepiece. This novel redeemed McEntire, in my opinion, by showing that she can still create likeable, strong characters, good relationships, and a strong storyline. While this book is not perfect (some aspects just weren't messy enough for me), it is a huge improvement over the second installment. I really enjoyed getting to know Dune and Hallie, and I rooted for them the entire time. The story is tightly plotted, and the pacing is perfect. The resolution is satisfying. Fans of the series thus far will simply adore this book. 

Hallie is a strong leading lady, and I really liked getting to know her. She is flawed, but likeable. I enjoyed reading from her perspective, and she is a realistic character. She's tough, intelligent, and adaptable. Dune really surprised me. I thought he'd be a boring guy to get to know, but there's a lot more depth to him than I would have imagined. I loved how he was with Hallie, and I adored their relationship. It seemed natural (unlike Lily and Kaleb), and they brought out the best in each other. I would have liked to have gotten to know more about Lily's dad. I felt that most secondary characters were not fully developed, and I didn't like that. Poe stood out, though, and I enjoyed learning about him. He's extremely complex, and he surprised me a few times. 

The plot, for the most part, is extremely intriguing. Nothing is too convenient this time around, but some things still happened a bit too easily. I didn't feel as if McEntire was controlling her world as much as I did with Timepiece, though. The relationships develop organically, as do the plot twists. The pacing is perfect, and I didn't get bored once. I still felt as if McEntire was trying to force me to ship Lily and Kaleb, though. She kept having Hallie talk about how "sexy" they were. Whatever. They suck as a couple and no amount of forcing by the author is going to change my mind about that. The ending is a little too tidy, in my opinion, but it's satisfying. All of the questions and problems were addressed and taken care of, and I feel that this group's story has found its resolution. 

Overall, I'd recommend this book and series to anyone who loves good time travel stories. 

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