Saturday, December 26, 2015

Stone Cold Touch - Review

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…




Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements
Number in Series: 2
Format: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, YA
POV: First Person
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: October 21st 2014 





Book Breakdown

This installment picks up just a few weeks after Roth has sacrificed himself at the end of White Hot Kiss. Layla's really hurting after that loss. Roth is trapped in the pits and she doesn't know if she will ever see him again. There was no need to worry though as Roth shows up, at the Warden's house no less.

He tells them all that they failed and a Lilin has in fact been born. They will have to work together in order to stop the Alpha's from wiping them all out. So, they enter into an unlikely truce, until the problem is taken care of.

A Lilin can take a soul with just one touch and they need to see who has been effected. There's one MAJOR problem though... Layla can't see souls anymore! Her abilities are going wonky when she needs them the most! Not fun times!

Roth turns cold to Layla and pushes her away. Telling her that she was just a fun distraction to him. This in turn makes her move closer to Zayne. Her childhood best friend. They grow closer and even take their relationship to the next level. Yet, she still finds herself drawn to Roth. Wonder why...

Layla begins to believe that there is no Lilin and that she's the one who's causing all this to happen. After all, her powers seem to be changing. She even kissed Zayne  a few times without taking his soul. Even the insane Church of God's Children hate her. They threw Holy Water on her to prove a point and that's how her best friends found out about her. Which is fine by me as I happen to love Stacey.

Though it couldn't last forever and she does take a part of Zayne's soul when she kisses him for the last time. Abbot's pissed and locks her in a cage. They keep her drugged and then stab her with an iron blade. She is going to die at their hands until two awesome Warden's decide to do the right thing and warn Roth. He saves her and takes her someplace safe. Oh, Roth I love you. Sorry off track there. I went into fangirl mode.

Roth gets the witches who worship her mother to give her something that will save her. Only he has to promise something huge in return. We don't find out what he has to give up until the last book. Layla lives and she decides that she can't go back to her room in the Warden's place. She does get to visit Stacey and it's here that the Lilin is revealed!

I saw this coming a mile away. It honestly got to the point where I wanted to smack Layla and tell her to open her eyes. To quit being torn between Zayne and Roth. She should've seen this coming. The signs were all there. He was just changing way too much.

Now the boys. Zayne.... I don't hate him but he's just not my type. He's too overbearing. He's too good. He's also rather annoying. I just can't.... He's a great character and all but there is just something about him that rubs me the wrong way. Am I alone in this?

Roth. Roth! ROTH! Do I really need to say more? Yes, he's an ass in the beginning of the book but he had good reasons and you even find those reasons out in the end. He also loves Layla so much it's just the most adorable thing ever.

The writing as always is just awesome sauce. No one writes better dialogue than JLA. It's so witty and makes me laugh. I enjoy her books so much. The banter just gets to me. I even have my partner saying some of the things she has written. 

Overall, great plot, characters, Roth, writing, romance, Roth, humor, action and Roth.




Favorite Quotes

1) “I love you Layla. Do you hear me? I've loved you since the first moment I heard your voice and I will continue to love you. No matter what. I love you.”

2) “You’re a pervert,” I said, fighting a grin.
Roth shrugged. “Of all the things someone could call me, that’s hardly the worst.”
“And probably the most true,”  

3) “Maddox hissed. “You think you’re cute?”
“Nah, I think I’m sexy.” The smirk spread, but it didn’t reach his cool ocher eyes. “And I also think I’m hilarious.” 

4) “I want you so badly it’s like a hunger that gnaws at me endlessly. It doesn’t go away … You have no fucking clue.”
“Then do something about it,” I whispered.” 

5) “I was the last person on the face of the Earth to help when it came to the opposite sex. 
I'd only kissed one boy in my entire life. 
And he'd been a demon. 
So...” 

6) “He looked up grinning. This one is Bluebelle and that one, he gestured at the one that smelled my leg, is Flower. 
I made a face. What is with you and the movie Bambi? He stood up fluidly. It's an American classic.” 





Friday, December 18, 2015

Obsession - Mini Review

This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series You do not need to read a Lux book to read Obsession and vice versa.

He’s arrogant, domineering, and... To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something... unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter?







Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: Stand alone set in the Lux world.
POV: First person, split between Hunter and Serena.
Format: Kindle e-book
Page Count: 249
Publisher: Entangled: Covet
Published: May 31st 2013
Genre: Adult, Romance, Paranormal









Book Breakdown

This book has the most basic plot. I can seriously give you the bare bones sum of this book up just a few paragraphs. So here is goes.

Serena's best friend saw something she shouldn't have. She get's killed and Serena sees it all. The police treat her like she's crazy. A bright light killed her friend. I can see why they'd think she's crazy. Except, they are all in on it. They know about the Arum and Luxen. 

The DOD get involved, wanting to shove it to the Luxen. They get someone to watch her and keep her safe: Hunter, an Arum. They feel lust instantly. He saves her from a Luxen that tries to kill her and then feeds from her.

She wakes up in his house and here starts the fighting, even more lust, and a slow build of trust. Did I mention lots of lust? Seriously, this book is more sex than plot. Now, I don't mind sex in a book. I'm not a prude. When it overshadows the plot though... I got to the point where I was skipping over the sex scenes, hoping something, anything would happen. That's why I usually stay away from adult romance novels.

Anyway, off track. The DOD come back, sometime later and decide that it's simply better to kill Serena. Hunter kills them and they go on the run. She gets taken by Luxen when they go back to get the paper her friend wrote the whole story down on. Hunter saves her.More sex. They finally realize they are in love and the end. 

Hunter starts off as an ass but he gets a little better by the end. She is changing him. It's freaking awesome to see that not all Arum are evil and not all Luxen are Daemon good.

It was so awesome to see Daemon in the book as I just love him to pieces. Also we get to see a little more of Luc which is awesome as he's pretty epic. 

My huge problem with this book was the banter. In every JLA book there is witty banter that makes me laugh or smile. There really wasn't much here. It just felt so odd. I can't even describe it. I had to check a few times to see if she really wrote this.

Bottom line, it wasn't a bad book. I did enjoy it. I just found myself skipping pretty much all the sex scenes to get to the actual plot. 










Favorite Quotes

1) “Never in my life had I been more frustrated. Go figure it wouldn't be with a human but a freaking alien. At least I now knew that the male species were asses no matter what planet they hailed from.”

2) “You're not going to answer me?" Or do I need to repeat myself for a third time? It's okay. I like to hear myself talk.”

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Only 6 Books

So, I got to thinking, what if I could only read six books for the rest of my life... what would I choose? So I decided to write it all down and share my thoughts and reasons for this. This was the hardest thing I've ever done in my whole life. Seriously, spinal surgery was easier than this.


1) A Court of Thorns and Roses
This is still my favorite read from 2015 and I'd die to get my hands on an ACR of A Court of Mist and Fury!!!





2) Oblivion
Two reasons why I chose this book:
1) It's super long (e-book version) 
2) Daemon Black





3) Emerge: The Awakening
This is an indie book that is freaking fabulous! It's amazing and has something for everyone in it. It's so original and I just couldn't imagine this not being on this list. Plus, it's also long which would be good if I could only read six books for the rest of my life. Short books would so not work for me.







4) Twilight
The reason for this is simple. It's one of those books that just grabbed me and didn't let go. It was wonderful and magical. It will always be one of my favorites.







5) Heir of Fire
I could've added any from this series to the list but I chose this one. Maybe where it's the freshest in my mind. I don't know because they are all wonderful and deserve to be on this list.





6) Wait for You
This book. Cam. Yeah Cam. Now I really want to reread this book....

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Caquette Girls Blog Tour














Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.
After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normalneeds a new definition.
As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.



The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

Published November 17th, 2015

Published by Skyscape

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy




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Now for a sneak peek! There was a few chapters I could've shared with you lovely sunflowers but I chose chapter 6... if you've followed me long enough you know why. 



CHAPTER 6

Staked


I sprinted the remaining six blocks home and slammed the front gate behind me, pausing on the stoop to catch my breath. I grasped one of the slick, wet bars and looked both ways down the street.
No one. Nothing.

Safe behind the iron gate, my pulse mellowed, but then I remembered there was a giant hole in the back of our house—not exactly high security.

Rain dripped from my dress and weighed down my Docs as I stormed to my room. I kicked off the boots and flopped onto my bed, not caring when my hair soaked the pillow.
What the hell just happened?

The stake was still clutched tightly in my right hand. I loosened my grip, allowing blood to flow back to my fingers, and then turned the piece of iron over and over, examining it, but there was nothing to give me a clue.

Blue eyes. Dead, blue eyes. Why were his eyes still so blue? He showed no signs of decay, but the Storm hit over two months ago. My hands began to shake. I set the stake down on the bed as I tried to recall the scene in exact detail.

The black sedan seemed undamaged, except for the smashed driver’s-side window. Gray suit, blond hair, blue eyes. My breathing picked up. What if the man hadn’t actually been dead and I’d neglected to help him?

No, he had no pulse. He could not have still been alive. And yet, he certainly couldn’t have died two months ago. Did I discover a man who’d just died?

I sat up quickly, knocking the stake off the bed. My heart pumped faster as I tapped 9-1-1 a second time.

No signal.

I dialed four more times until I finally heard ringing.

“Hello.”

“Hello! I need to report a murder!”

“You have reached the New Orleans Police Department’s automated hotline. If you’re calling to report a missing person, please visit our website at www.nopd.gov. If you’re calling to report a crime or another emergency, please stay on the line.”

“You’ve got to be kidding! Who in this city has Internet right now?”

An instrumental version of “Mardi Gras Mambo” started playing. Then a gentle scraping sound came from the ground next to my bed.

I glanced down.

“What the . . . ?”

The stake was standing upright on its point. I blinked several times. As the hold music droned on, the stake slowly started to turn, grinding itself into the floorboard.

“To report a dead body, press one. To report a dead animal, press two. To report a non-Storm-related violent crime, press three.” I pressed the number three without looking.

“Please state the nature of your call. You can use phrases like, ‘My house has been robbed.’”

“Um, I’d like to report a crime. A dead body, possibly a murder—”

“Thank you for calling the NOPD. Who am I speaking with?” asked a despondent female voice.
The stake stopped turning.

“Hi, my name is Adele Le Moyne.” My tongue garbled the words. “Miss Le Moyne, what’s your location?”

“Burgundy S—but the body’s on Chartres Street around
Franklin—”

“There is a separate line to report Storm victims, Miss Le Moyne—”

“He’s not a Storm victim! I mean . . . his eyes were still normal, so he couldn’t have been dead for that long, right?”

“Calm down. Slow down. Did you witness any acts of violence?”

“No, I was just walking and found him in a black town car on the side of the street, about forty minutes ago. I tried to call earlier, but the line was busy.” Talking about the corpse brought the reality of postStorm New Orleans to a whole new level. My father and I had been driving down that street less than twenty-four hours ago.

“And you have reason to believe this was a homicide?”

“Yes. I mean, I don’t know. It didn’t look like he’d been in a car accident . . . His driver’s-side window was smashed in.”

“Did you see any other distinctive wounds or unusual markings?”

A splinter of wood cracked—the stake was twisting itself into the floor again.

“Um, no, but I was only there for a minute before I ran away.”

“Okay, Ms. Le Moyne, any other details you’d like to report?”

“No, I don’t think so.”

“All right, we’ll send a unit over to investigate. I just need your contact information; an officer will reach out to you for an official statement.”

I gave her my info and hung up the phone.

“What the heck?” I tugged the stake out of the floor. It felt hot. I flung it into the nightstand as if it had some contagious disease, slammed the drawer, and fell back onto the mattress with an incredulous head shake.

“I’m losing my mind.”





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About the Author


Alys Arden was raised by the street performers, tea leaf-readers, and glittering drag queens of the New Orleans, French Quarter. She cut her teeth on the streets of New York and has worked all around the world since. She either talks too much or not at all. She obsessively documents things. Her hair ranges from eggplant to cotton-candy-colored.

One dreary day in London, while dreaming of running away with the circus, she started writing The Casquette Girls. Her debut novel garnered over one million reads online before being acquired by Skyscape in a two book deal. Rep’d by ICM.



Twitter: @alysarden


Thursday, December 3, 2015

November Wrap Up!



I had a decent reading month in November. I got to read a lot of good books and it was awesome! I even finished up a series I've been dying to finish since July. So yeah, awesome sauce.





So I reread this book in order to prepare for Every Last Breath. I will also be putting up a review for this book soon.





This cover... let's just take a moment to stare and drool over this cover. Oh, just me? That's awkward. I also reread this one in order to prepare for the last one. Which I plan to read before the companion novels is released this month.







This book! OMG this book! I just loved it so much! There are no words.






This was also a pretty decent read. It was fun. I've got a Manga Monday up for it.







I don't usually go for these kinds of books but I enjoyed it.








This book blew my mind! I mean it sounded good and that's why I asked the author if I could review it but wow. It just was so much better than I thought. You should read this book.










I also reread this book to prepare for the release of Oblivion.







So what did you guys read last month? Let me know below and as always happy reading!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Becky's Kiss - Mini Review

It could not be worse for ninth grader Becky Michigan on her first day at a new school, sitting in beet juice and staining her white jeans in a classroom about to fill up with students. In the nick of time, a gorgeous blonde boy named Danny comes in and offers his oversized baseball jersey so she can cover up, get to the office, and change. By the time she pulls the shirt over her head however, he has mysteriously disappeared.



Becky scours the school in search of her dream-athlete and wonders why after contact with him she has magically gained the ability to throw a fastball ninety miles per hour! Instead of finding the answer, however, Becky’s new skill pits her against the school bully and the entire varsity baseball team. That night, after her exciting showdown in front of the entire school, Danny shows up at her bedroom window. If she will agree to meet him behind the school at midnight on the ball field at the edge of the woods, he promises to reveal a secret meant to alter the past and change her life forever.











Book Breakdown



I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review.


What I liked the most was all the different touches of genre in this book. There was some paranormal elements and even some fantasy. Of course with so very clean romance. Almost a little too clean. This book is more along the lines of very young YA or upper middle grade.

The book is a little slow in the beginning but then it takes off and goes fast. Really fast. It's a super quick, fun read. I read it in no time at all. The characters.... most were very flushed out and written wonderfully. Becky and Danny have some cute chemistry.

I also liked that this had a lot of sports in it. That's great for those that play sports and are into that kind of thing. Perhaps it will appeal to more people. Honestly, I found myself having to google some of the teams and players mentioned in the story.

I don't like too many sports but I found myself liking this book! That's got to speak volumes for how good this book is! So seriously, even if you're on the fence about this book, give it a chance. Get through the first 30 pages and the book is pretty awesome. 










Monday, November 30, 2015

Manga Monday (4)




When Teru’s home gets burglarized, she ends up staying at Kurosaki’s apartment. The close quarters lead to tension, but things get even more complicated when a woman named Riko Onizuka shows up, bringing up a past that involves Kurosaki…












Mangaka: Kyousuke Motomi
Series: Dengeki Daisy 
Volume Number: 2
Number of Pages: 200
Format: Paperback
Publisher: VIZ Media
Published: 10/05/2010









Manga Breakdown

After the break-in at Teru's apartment, she's been staying with Kurosaki at his place. Just till her place is fixed or she finds another place to stay. She's made herself at home just like he as told her.

Teru's friends congratulate her, they assume that she is now sleeping with Kurosaki, but nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, he's acting rather strange, more so than normal. He confides to his boss at Flower Garden his fears that Teru will learn the truth, He's Dasiy, and he won't be able to take care of her after that.

She comes home to find Kurosaki not home. She is just about to check his room but he returns in the nick of time, and is frantic thinking that she saw something. She swears that she hasn't seen a thing. She had not even opened the door yet. To keep her out of his room, so he tells her that it's filled with porn, just to keep her from trying again. She thinks that she is just bothering him and declares she's going home.

When she does though, everything's in such bad shape, that she regrets it and wishes Kurosaki would come for her and take her back to his place. A knock at the door excites her, but it turns out to be a pervert selling magazine subscriptions she can't afford - but who won't take no for an answer. I hate those pushy salesmen. Just saying.

Back at Kurosaki's place, Teru cooks for him, she's actually a pretty decent cook. Kurosaki starts to bug her, saying bad things about Daisy and she stands up for him. She won't stand for anyone picking on Daisy.

After all this mess, she starts to notice that she is falling for Kurosaki.

A new counselor arrives at the school. Her name is Riko and she seems to know Kurosaki quite well. But Teru's friends see them talking together, and misinterpret what they see, telling her. She thinks she may just have a rival for her man.  When he is late for dinner, she begins to worry but is also angry and writes the words "Go Bald" on his plate. He finds it funny and he retaliates by drawing a clown face on Teru's face. Riko questions Kurosaki's motives for being involved with Teru, and offers him an easy way out by a position with a software company far away from her. He's torn over the choice.

Teru decides to get it over with and confronts Riko in her office, asking her if she is Kurosaki's woman, which causes the counselor to laugh and spit her drink everywhere. She does warn Teru away from him. Afterward, Teru tells Daisy that she's in love with someone she shouldn't be. That makes Kurosaki smile.

Teru gets closer to Riko even more so when she learns that the older woman knows Daisy. She starts to trust her and shows her the Daisy messages she has saved on her cell phone, in lots of folders. She calls them her precious treasures. Riko suggests that they live together.


Teru is still in danger though. There seems to be more hacking going on at the school, and it is implied that Daisy is somehow connected which she refuses to believe. Also her friend Kiyoshi is missing. Everything seems like it's revolving around Teru's cell phone. Will Daisy be able to help her without giving away his identity? What does he plan to do once she is safe once and for all? 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Unhinged - Review

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.












Book Breakdown 
*SPOILER ALERT*

A year has passed since Alyssa Gardner came back from Wonderland. A year since she chose her human half. She wants nothing more than a normal human life. Nothing more than to graduate high school, go to prom and then an art college in London with her boyfriend Jeb.

Wonderland nor Morpheus, just won't leave her alone. Dreams that involve the destruction of the place she left behind plague her. Morpheus also showing up in the human realm doesn't help. He is trying to get Alyssa back to Wonderland to save it from Red. 

Alyssa doesn't know how much more she can take. First her overprotective mum and now the man she tried to leave behind. Not to mention she's been lying to her human boyfriend the past year about who she really is. 

But when Wonderland begins to take over the human world, Alyssa will have to stand and fight once more with a new ally at her side. More secrets unraveled and new twists and turns makes this book an excellent squeal. 

The reason I knock off half a star is Jeb. More and more, I find myself disliking him. In the beginning of the book, in some (most), parts. He seems to care more about his work than Alyssa. I know, I get that he wants to prove he's not worthless. He wants to be better than his father. That's great, but don't forget what's really important in the process which I think he does.

I've been a huge Morpheus fan since the start of the very first book and I think he gets even better in this book. I just wish that he'd had more scenes. I also wish we could see more of the future where he and Alyssa had that cute little kid. That would make my fangirl heart very happy.

I've still never read the last book but I know who she gets with and it's always what has made me leery to jump into it. Though I am finally going to finish it as I can't wait for the companion novel coming out soon. I will be doing a giveaway for that book so keep an eye on that in later December.

Overall, I love this book. The characters are very well written and the description is so rich it's easy to see Wonderland, even if they stayed in the human world this time. The twists and turns always kept me flipping the pages (also if I'm honest, I'm hoping for another scene with Morpheus. If you want a lovely dark series with lots of romance and action, snag this!






Favorite Quotes 


1) “Of all the times you've undressed me in my fantasies, I never remember feeling this... unfulfilled."

"Please, Morpheus," I beg upon hearing Jeb stir in the background.

"Ah, but those delectable words," Morpheus says with a provocative smirk, "those are always in the fantasy."

I glare at him. "You're unbelievable."

"And that sentiment is reserved for the end.”

2) “He puts it on, and his gaze locks to mine. His jewels flicker between passion and defiance—an evocative and intimidating combination. “Fair warning, I intend to make good use of that time. I will be gentle, but I will not be a gentleman. You will be the center of my world. I’ll show you the wonders of Wonderland, and when you’re drunk on the beauty and chaos that your heart so yearns to know, I will take you under my wings and make you forget the human realm ever existed. You’ll never want to leave Wonderland or me again.”

3) “Shh." I squeeze his hand. His palm feels clammy. "We have to keep it down, okay? We don't want my dad coming in."

He grits his teeth against more shivers. "Always knew I'd end up in your bed . . . and hear you say those words one day." He manages a smirk.

Jeb snarls. "Unbelievable. Even when he's at death's door he's a tool." He arranges a pillow beneath Morpheus's neck. "Why don't you keep your mouth shut while we help you."

Morpheus laughs weakly, his skin flashing with blue light. "What say Alyssa"--his breath rattles--"give my mouth something else to do?”





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Friday, November 27, 2015

Feature & Follow (13)


Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me, everyone wins.


The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.






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Before we get into the question and answer I just want to remind everyone that I'm having a Giveaway for one kindle copy of Oblivion. So don't forget to enter and good luck to all!






Question

Black Friday Eve! You have $100 (or pounds or whatever your currency is) to spend on books. What are you going to buy? - Suggested by Alison Can Read





Answer

Okay, I'm simply going to use Amazon for the prices and such. It's a whole lot easier than doing what I normally do to find the cheapest price. Because I use a lot of different websites and then even some local stuff. So yeah here we go! Also, these are the prices as I am making this post, so they may change by the time this post goes live. Also for the sake of pretend, I'm not going to factor in tax... 


Legacy (Hardcover) - $21.71
Yes, I own a signed paperback of this book. I just love this story though and the author is just so sweet that I want to help her out more. 

The Winner's Crime (Hardcover) - $12.59
I want to own of all this series. Even though I've not read the first yet, I want to wait till I can at least get the second one because I just know I'm going to love it.

I would go ahead and pre-order Untamed (Hardcover) - $13.56
I can't wait to get this book! Just ugh the feels, The feels.

Oblivion - $6.99
I already pre ordered the paperback copy and it's going to be signed and personalized by both JLA and Pepe Toth so this would be the kindle edition so I can have the other two books and the music that inspired them. 

Bitter Sweet Love - $2.99
I've read this before and it was just so cute. 

The Infernal Devices, the Complete Collection (the new covers thus paperback) - $29.32
I love these new covers so much and where I only own the first and third in this trilogy it would be nice to finally have them all.

The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas (Hardcover) - $10.44
This is the only one in the series that is paperback and it just looks so weird on the shelf so yeah for the last one I'd get this book.

That brings the total to $97.60 (US) 
I'm sure there is one or two ebooks I could find for a dollar but I think this is a good enough list.






So little sunflowers, what books would you get if you had that much to spend? I'd love to hear your thoughts below or if you do F&F then just leave your link below and I will be sure to check out your blog!





Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving and a Special Giveaway!



So to all my USA readers, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have plenty to eat and get to spend the day being thankful for what you have while spending time with family. I actually am away from my family for the second year now so sadly that is one that I can't be thankful for. I can only hope it gets better next year. So for all those with your families this year, enjoy it even more for me. 


Now there are a lot of things that I am thankful for and I'm going to list six things, because everyone know I'm obsessed with the number six.


1) My daughter. She is such a joy and I love her so much. When I'm feeling lonely around the holidays, I can just watch her smile and it melts my heart.

2) My health. There have been some rough times in my life with health. I had to have a tumor removed and was told that I may never get better, the nerve damage was done.  At the time with this tumor, I couldn't walk or even take a shower on my own. After it was removed and with some rehab, I am back to normal. Like it never even happened. Though I have a very big scar on the back of neck. It like to think it makes me look badass lol.

3) My partner. Even though sometimes I want to toss him out the window, I wouldn't trade him or any other guy. Not even Roth.... yes not even Roth. 

4) The house I live in. It's not the biggest house and it's not fancy but it keeps the heat out and doesn't let the rain in. I have a comfy bed where my daughter is safe and sound. Couldn't ask for more there.

5) My job. I hate my job don't get me wrong but finding a good job is very hard these days. Some aren't so lucky. So I feel blessed to have a job.

6) My books. Why? Because I'm a book worm and we love books. Sometimes it's nice to just look over and stare at them. I even like to hold and caress them... wait... only me? Sorry, that got too weird. 



The point of all this is. I was feeling really depressed about not seeing my family again this year and then I got to thinking, I have no right to complain because I have a lot more than most. So I hope when you get to feeling down that you just pause to be thankful for all that you do have. I find it usually cheers me right up! 

Happy Holidays to all you Snowflakes! 








So now it's time for the...
 Giveaway!






This giveaway is for one kindle copy of Oblivion! I was going to do a paperback but there is just so much more in the ebook copy. There are three books (not one), and even some music that inspired the series I love so much. 

To enter, simply click on the little tab that says -Giveaway (Open)- on the top or click right here.
Don't forget to share this news with your friends and good luck to all! 





Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Anna and the French Kiss - Review




Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome √Čtienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?


















Book Breakdown

Anna's father decides he's going to send Anna to a international boarding school in Paris. It's her senior year and she wants nothing more than to stay at her high school with her best friend and her crush that works at the local movie theater. Which means stays in Atlanta and not moving to Paris.

Her father (a famous author), won't take no for an answer and her parents fly out with her to the School of America in Paris. Then they leave her. They just leave, it's rather sad actually. Her neighbor -Meredith- from the next room in the dorm welcomes her warmly and they click nicely though Anna still feels lonely without her friends. Though on the way back to her room she meets St. Clair. Little does she know but everything will change for her because of him.

She grows closer to her new group of friends but naturally, to St. Clair more than anyone. It doesn't take her very long to develop a crush on him, even though she still claims to like Toph, the guy from her hometown. We, the readers, can see where this is going though.

When she finally gets to go home for Christmas break (she had to stay in Paris for thanksgiving and that's when she got super close to him), Anna finds out that her best friend is dating her crush. She's brokenhearted and leans more on St. Clair. She figures out she loves him when she comes back from the break and sees him. But, lots of other drama keeps them from getting together, like St Clair has a girlfriend he won't dump and Meredith is in love with him as well. 

It's such a fun and cute book. It has it's moments where you just want to scream and tell them to together already! I read this book in very little time, finding I simply couldn't put it down. This is huge for me as I really, really don't like many young adult contemporary novels. I loved this book so much I already ordered the second one and can't wait till it gets here. 

I love how these characters, the way they talk, isn't all clean and fake like some authors do. They are real teenagers, there is cussing and they talk about sex. It's refreshing to see as real teenagers act this way. There are no sex scenes so if that's not your thing don't worry. 

If you like cute romance with lots of drama this is for you. I would even recommend it to the people like me who don't like young adult contemporary. It's just that good and it's so nice to see glimpses of Paris as I've always wanted to visit. 

Have you read this book? If so, let me know below what you thought about it. 







Favorite Quotes

1)  “For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

2) “A moment of reserve. "That was it? The whole story?"
"Yes. God, you're right. That was pants."
I sidestep another aggressive couscous vendor. "Pants?"
"Rubbish. Crap. Shite."
Pants. Oh heavens, that's cute.”  

3) “Most people in Atlanta don't have an accent. It's pretty urban. A lot of people speak gangsta, though," I add jokingly. 
"Fo' shiz," he replies in his polite English accent. 
I spurt orangey-red soup across the table. St. Clair gives a surprised ha-HA kind of laugh, and I'm laughing too, the painful kind like abdominal crunches. He hands me a napkin to wipe my chin. "Fo'. Shiz." He repeats it solemnly.
Cough cough. "Please don't ever stop saying that. It's too-" I gasp. "Much."
"You oughtn't to have said that. Now I shall have to save it for special occasions."
"My birthday is in February." Cough choke wheeze. "Please don't forget.”  

4) “I moan with pleasure.
"Did you just have a foodgasm?" he asks, wiping ricotta from his lips.
"Where have you been all my life?" I ask the beautiful panini.”  




Monday, November 23, 2015

Manga Monday (3)




Life's not easy when you're living in the shadow of your famous parents. Can shy Yura, the daughter of an award-winning composer and a world-renowned actress, find the courage to step out on her own now that her super-celebrity parents are getting divorced?

The media is abuzz when word gets out that Yura's mega-famous parents are splitting up. Already accustomed to the daily pressure of being the child of celebrities, Yura's frustration explodes in a rant against her parents--and her heated words end up being broadcast live on national TV! When a powerful talent scout hears her impassioned declaration, he offers to represent her. The door to showbiz is now flung open for this timid wallflower--will she try to become an actress in her own right?












Manga Breakdown 

Yura's a high school student with super famous parents. Her mother's an actress and her father is an award winning composer. Her's is a classic case of her parents never being around. Yet her mother won a poll naming her the best mother. Major bull shit right there.

Yura's watching TV with her friend/crush when her mother happens to come home. She tells Yura that they are getting a divorce because her father was caught with his mistress. She also says that they are selling the house the house and that Yura needs to find her own place as she doesn't want her daughter around.

Yura goes to the hotel and stays there - like her mother said - to avoid the media. She gets a text from her crush and goes back to her house, only to find him getting busy with her mother. She leaves the house and says nasty (but true) things about her parents to the press.

Her father's manager; Keiichi offers to let her stay with him as his client. She decides she will do it and become a bigger star than her mother. Only one huge problem... she's not good at public speaking, at all.

She works hard and after failing so many casting calls, she lands one. A really good role, where she'd the lead. In this role, her leading man is a mega famous J-Pop star: Harkua. She will also be working with his twin brother; Q-Ta. Who asked her to marry him when they first met so he could be her father's son. Needless to say, he's a huge fan of  her father.

On the first day at her new acting gig - a photo shoot - her costume gets ruined! But by who? That's where the first volume of Honey Hunt ends, it's a huge cliff hanger to say the least. I've heard of this mangaka before. She's the creator of Hot Gimmick, a manga I have a love/hate relationship with. The art is okay, sometimes it's really pretty and over times it makes me grimace.

The story, I've been told is similar to Skip Beat, which I have never read. I didn't mind this manga, I will read the next one because I'm simply wondering who ruined her outfit. I will warn anyone who wants to read this manga, it's been on hiatus since 2009... I believe. So I doubt it will ever be completed.




Sunday, November 22, 2015

NaNoWriMo Update



So great news! I did it! I won NaNoWriMo! I will be posting more snippets and such but first I really need to edit and look through everything I wrote. Some of it is cringe worthy right now. But I'd like to share it with you guys. I was thinking once it's all nice and edited that I could share a chapter or two a week with you guys. If you would like that is. Let me know what you think in the comments. Also for anyone still working on NaNoWriMo, I know you guys can do it! Just work hard and don't give up. Make sure you just set aside time for your writing and just go to town. For those that have won already, congratulations! 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Soul Mate - Mini Review


Annabel is a bad-ass hybrid hunter, seeking revenge from the vampire who killed her parents and put her brother in a coma. Arriving in a new town with an undercover identity to protect and the mission to find a pureblood vampire to save her brother’s life, the last thing Annabel needs is to fall in love with the sexy, persistent werewolf who thinks she’s a helpless human in need of a knight in shining armor.

Shane is a dominant werewolf who also happens to be the local sheriff. He has almost lost hope of finding his better half. So when his beautiful soul-mate shows up and rogue vampires try to kill her, he does what any smart wolf would do: he saves her and takes her home, hoping to convince her that they belong together.

When sparks fly between them, Annabel has to decide if she tells him who she really is or runs the other way to protect her secrets.









Mini Book Breakdown 

So I saw that the author was offering this for read and review, I was like dkwkdoskdjossmdhis
A new adult paranormal romance! Oh I just had to read this! I was not disappointed at all! This story is wonderfully written. The characters are flushed out perfectly. The world that this author created seems believable which is hard in some cases with paranormal settings. The romance is sexy and sweet. There is strong action scenes and Annabel can really hold her own. Not a damsel in distress. 
And Shane... oh Shane. I don't even know what to say about him. He's pretty much perfect. 
All in all, a fantastic book! Get this and you'll love it. Just be warned it is a romance novel.
























I also get the pleasure of sharing with you an interview with the author, Anna Santos! Hope you all enjoy!


1) When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?

Since I can remember, actually. I always knew that I wanted to write, even before I could write. So when it was time to go to school and learn the basics, I couldn’t be more thrilled. I was always a good student and I would read any book that I could put my hands on. My dad had a small library with the classics and I would read them as if they voraciously. The best gift I had when I was a children was a book that my godmother offered me. But I remember that I was a bit sad after because it had a lot of pictures and few written pages, so I finished it in a blink an eye. 
I started writing short stories about gods and princesses when I was ten. When I was fourteen I wrote my first novel and at the age of eighteen, I had already a series of three fantasy stories, and four novels. I have them in notebooks, stored in a drawer, and it was only when I started to write in English that I was fortunate enough to find supporting readers who believed in my talent and encouraged me to publish my books. 



2) What inspires you to write?

The stories just unfold in my head. I’m a daydreamer. I don’t look for inspiration, inspiration follows me, and sometimes it can be hard to function on the real world because I can only find some peace when I’m writing and I put to paper an idea that’s been fighting to get out and be written. 


3) How did you come up with the idea for your current story?

I had been spending three months writing short stories about paranormal creatures. I was also reading a lot of books with paranormal creatures. I’ve always devoured every book that Anne Rice wrote, and then I found other amazing writers when the vampire frenzy started. But I didn’t write about vampires. I had my own worlds, gods, heroes from my high-fantasy books. But I said to myself: why not? So ideas began to take shape and I can honestly say that the idea for this book was based in a name: Shane and what a werewolf would do if he found his soul-mate, but she was a secretive hunter with a dark past who had never thought that she could be someone else’s soul-mate because of being a hybrid. The plot between them was really easy. The chemistry was over the roof. The first draft was the easiest thing to write and then when it was time to share my work, it became a bigger story that became even bigger when I began to edit after already have the next three books in the series taking shape. 



4) Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?

Of course, several ones that I really love, but I’m too lazy to type it to a computer and finish them. Besides, there are some stories that I feel the urge to write more than others. I hope that someday I can give those stories my attention. Plus, I rather write using a pen and paper, so if I can’t find time to type them, they won’t get to see the light of day, unless I go all reminiscent on them and I began to read old ideas, and half-written books.  


5) Tell us about your writing process.

I’m really organized, but everything happens inside my head. I have my chapters all in order and I know what will happen next. I scribble a lot on paper, then I type it on a computer, but sometimes everything I wrote becomes something else. I have a lot of notebooks with chapters from several stories. I use them when I get the urge to write, so I write it down on paper so I don’t forget and so I can type it to a computer when I have time.  


6) Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?

I have a lot of favourite authors, but I’m just going to name a few: Anne Rice, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Juliet Marillier, Nalini Singh, Carmen Martin Gaite, and Karen Marie Moning.
My favourite writers influenced the genre what I write these days. Unconsciously, maybe they influenced me. However, we live in a world where there aren’t new ideas. Those authors were inspired by someone else. What makes authors different is that they try to give soul and depth to their story and characters. 


7) What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

Writing is a calling. So if you are really set in sharing your gift with the world, you need to share your work with readers, protect your copyrights because there are a lot of people stealing other people’s work, and have realistic expectations. Only a few can live from writing. Reach out for small publishers to have honest feedback. Write, write, write, and don’t even think about publish a book without proper editing if you are planning to publish on your own. There are a lot of people with talent that aren’t able to sell books even after publish them. You need to spend as much energy promoting your work as writing. 


8) What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?

This story started to be shared on Wattpad. The website allows us to choose a cast. Soul-Mate was first shared in 2013. Since then the dream cast has been: Shane – Jamie Dornan; Annabel – Emilia Clarke. 


9) If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?

I would probably starve to death because all I wanted was pens, paper as much as possible, and books. 


10) What do you have in store next for your readers?

I have a new book coming out in November. It’s another paranormal book, but with a few twists. It’s also a book to empower women and to show that bad boys don’t miraculously change into good guys. I’m currently working on the third book of the Immortal Love Series (Soul-Mate is book 1), and I’m waiting to have time to start editing book 2 so I can also publish it next year.  


Friday, November 20, 2015

The Friday 56 (6)







This weekly meme is hosted by Freda's Voice and it's simple to join in the fun! Just grab your book and turn to page 56 or 56% if you're using an eReader and post a sentence or a few. No spoilers though!





















"You want me to show you my magic? I'll show it to you. But not here--not--"

"I have no interest in seeing you drop your magic at my feet like a sack of grain. I want to see what you can do with it, Aelin Galathynius--which currently seems like not very much at all." Celaena's stomach tightened at that cursed name. "I want to see what you will become under the right circumstances."

 
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