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. 










 
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