Posted in 2016, May, Waiting on wednesday

WOW: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover


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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Expected Publication: August 2, 2016 by Atria Books

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up. She graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant and has a total soft spot for Lily; and the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his no dating rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan, her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all too human characters, “It Ends with Us” is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

I love Colleen Hoover’s books! I expect this one to be just as great as all the others and I cannot wait until it is published! The cover is a bit intriguing also!

What are you waiting for 2

Heather

Posted in 2016, May

Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I could not wait to start this book! I had not been among the first to start The Selection series and had waited until the first three books were completed and published prior to adding them to my TBR. I have to say that Ms. Cass’s writing style is phenomenal and she really has a way of pulling the reader into the story.

I enjoyed seeing a glimpse into what had become of the original cast of characters and it was great getting a whole new cast! I do have one complaint and this is probably why I could not give this book a 5 star rating……. THE MAIN CHARACTER IS ANNOYING!!! There…I said it and I am so sorry to anyone whom really loved her! There were some moments when I really thought to myself..”Can she be any more of a Bi*ch???” She just reminded me of a spoiled brat whom always gets her way and believes that she is better than everyone else because she will be Queen some day. Other than her few annoying qualities, I really did enjoy the story line!

I think what kept me entertained and captivated was the cast of characters in the actual Selection. There are so many great guys to choose from. I do have my eye on one very particular character but I do not want to reveal whom just yet! I can’t wait to see if my pick is whom will win?!?

I am very much looking forward to the next book to see whom will win the selection and where the story will go from there!

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Heather

Posted in 2016, May

Review: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout


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The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout

Published May 17, 2016 by Harlequin Teen

480 Pages

Borrowed from library

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

My Review:

I have not read a JLA book in a really long time!!! I am not sure why? When I spotted this at my local library, I was in awe that they actually had it already!! I have to tell you that I was sucked in from the very first chapter and really had a hard time putting the book down.

The character of Mallory was really intense. She had gone through so much in her younger life, things that no person should every have to go through. It really messed her up but she has come a long way and she felt ready to get back out there. I really admire that in a character. I like when they are strong-willed and able to overcome tough obstacles.

We also need to talk about Rider. I have to say that he just seems almost too perfect to me and if there really is someone out there like him, they will make some woman very happy!!! He had me doing some MAJOR swooning!

JLA writes about some really dark but truthful topics in this book which is kind of out of character for her books. I thought she did a fantastic job at not making the story too dark but getting her point across.

After reading this book, I need to take a look at what others are out there that I may have missed by Ms. Armentrout and get my hands on them ASAP!!

5 star rating

Heather

 

Posted in 2015, ARC, May

ARC Review: Nightborn (Thrones & Bones #2) by Lou Anders


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by Lou Anders

Expected Publication: July 14, 2015 by Crown Books for Young Readers

352 Pages

ARC was given by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Blurb:

From the author of “Frostborn” comes Book 2 in the acclaimed Thrones and Bones fantasy-adventure trilogy for fans of Lloyd Alexander and Brandon Mull.
Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. “Not” a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new board game called Charioteers (not a problem), decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves.
Meet Desstra. She’s in training to join the Underhand–the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be.
Everyone is chasing after the horn of Osius, an ancient artifact with the power to change the world. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly?
The novel includes instructions for playing the board game Charioteers. Visit ThronesandBones.com for additional games, maps, character profiles, and more!

My Thoughts:

So normally, I am not a big fan of middle grade reads. I have tried and tried reading them in the past and to no avail, I have not been able to finish them! This book has become my exception to that rule! If you enjoy high fantasy, then you should probably pick up this series.

I had not read the first book and went into this completely blind! I must admit that although there were a few times that I seemed to get confused, I was able to follow the book through for the most part which made me VERY happy!!

I loved every second of it! This book had all kinds of different creatures from humans to elves, from dragons to giants! This book has it all!

My favorite character was Karn! I liked his love of games and enjoyed the way he was able to piece together the riddle! (oops! That may have been a small spoiler)

My other favorite part of the book is that they actually teach you at the end how to actually play the game of Charioteers! They give you the rules and explain the object of the game. I thought this was a REALLY cool special touch on the authors part.

All in all, I am glad that I received this book for review and I am hoping that there might be another book to this fine series!

4_star_rating

Heather

Posted in 2015, ARC, May

ARC Review: The Good Girls: The Perfectionists 2


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by Sara Sheperd

Published on June 2, 2015 by HarperTeen

368 pages

ARC copy given by publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Blurb:

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes the shocking sequel to The Perfectionists—with an ending you’ll have to read to believe!

Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker have done some not-so-perfect things. Even though they all talked about killing rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, they didn’t actually go through with it. It’s just a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned . . . right? Except Nolan wasn’t the only one they fantasized about killing. When someone else they named dies, the girls wonder if they’re being framed. Or are they about to become the killer’s next targets?

My Thoughts:

First…..I need to gush over the cover! I love, love, love it! It just portrays the perfect “bubble gum” pink and the mint ice cream…YUMMY!!! I spotted the cover on this book before I had even read the blurb for it!

Now, on to the good stuff! The author did a fantastic job of recapping the first book so I didn’t have to re-read or skim over it to remember what happened or where we were at. If you are like me, you read so many books that some of them are hard to recall all of the major events.

After reading the first book, I had no idea of whom was setting up the girls.And reading this book left me the exact same way! I had no idea of whom the “bad guy” was until the very end. The author left just enough hints to have you thinking it could be one person and leading the reader in one direction but then, there will be another hint and you end up second guessing what your original thought was?

I enjoyed getting to know all of the girls and reading about their relationships or lack thereof. I think my favorite may have been mackenzie, or maybe it was Ava?? I am not sure…I just know that I enjoyed all of their points of view equally!!

The ending was a complete shocker! I had never even had a hint of what was to come! This will be a memorable book for me and one that I recommend to all mystery fans out there!!!

4_star_rating

Heather

Posted in 2015, May

ARC Review: The Cage by Megan Shepherd


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Published by Balzer & Bray on May 26, 2015

400 Pages

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Blurb:

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Ms. Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter series and I really looked forward to reading this book, BUT, I did not enjoy this one as much as I would have liked:(

I was intrigued by the premise of this one and when I had read the blurb, I was immediately interested to see where this story would go. I was kind of expecting a little more gore since this author has done so well with it in the past. I had gotten something that I did not expect and although, I did not enjoy it as much as I had wanted to, I was still interested enough to finish the book until the end. This is huge for me because since I have so many books on my TBR, if my interest isn’t held, then I will just toss the book to the side and move onto the next one.

I really had a hard time identifying with the characters and getting into the world of the story. I was more interested in the story itself and where it was going to lead to but I kind of didn’t have any feeling while reading it. I found myself not really having a favorite character or even rooting for the underdog. I just had to know what the ending was!

The ending had left the reader on one doozy of a cliffhanger! This one will definitely leave you hanging and wishing for the next book! I will say that I am interested enough to keep going with the series since sometimes I find myself hating the first book but loving the second OR loving the first book but hating the second.

So, I cannot really give this one a bad rating nor a superior one. It was just meh for me. I didn’t love it nor hate it! I would love to hear what all of you thought! Please let me know if you have read this one.

“A smile can hide so much. A smile can be a lie.”
Megan Shepherd, The Cage

3_star_rating

H. Lee

Posted in 2014, May

Review: The Goddess Test


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The Goddess Test

Aimee Carter

Published April 19th 2011

Harlequin Teen

297 Pages

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Synopsis:

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

My Thoughts:

This book was a re-read for me, when I first read it I was 16 and deemed this book as the best book ever written. Reading it now at 19, I think it was very good, not the best book ever written but still a lovable, fun, entertaining, cute read.

I absolutely love Greek mythology and I have read quite a bit of books on mythology but this one has to be my favorite. I have always loved the Persephone myth, I just loved how it explained the seasons and the love of a mother, so I was excited how Aimee carter would put a spin on the myth and make it her own and dammit she did an amazing job!

I loved Henry and Kate I thought together they were so sweet I also loved the twist behind Henry and Persephone, and I felt bad the she did not love him as much as he loved her. And every time he talked about her my heart would break little bit, I could feel the pain and it made me love him even more, I’m a sucker for unrequited love.

I loved how selfless Kate was! If it were me I would never give up half of my life to someone who tried to hurt me, but that is just one reason why I loved her so much. She is such a strong character she sticks up for everybody, and sees the wrongs when everybody was content to just look past it. And she is committed, once she makes up her mind she doesn’t give up and that was one trait that I absolutely, wholeheartedly admired. Also the loved the relationship between Kate and her mother Diana.  It was heartbreaking and sweet, that I didn’t want Diana to die. I kept hoping that Henry would just make her well again and her and Kate could go back to the life that they lived before.

I really enjoyed this book, not as much as the first time but I’m looking forward to re-reading the rest of the books in this series and finding out if any of my opinions have changed over the years. I recommend this book for anyone but especially for those who love Greek mythology.

Favorite Quote:

“Whatever obstacles you face, remember you can get through anything if you want to badly enough.” 
4 stars
Sam
Posted in 2014, May

ARC Review/Release Day: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton


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Published May 6, 2014 by Harper Collins

Source: ARC from publisher.

336 Pages

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amazon buttonDragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he’s crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn’t have…is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca’s family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?

Review

If anyone had ever seen the movie Chasing Liberty, and loved it, you will definitely love this book! Royally Lost reminded me so much of the story of Anna & Ben. It had it’s own little spin that kept me wanting to read more just so that I could finally find out how it all ended.

Poor Becca is literally on the trip from hell with her work-a-holic father, her stepmother which she has no desire to get to know and her party/player brother Dylan. She just had to deal with her awful break up after her boyfriend hooked up with her best friend and now she is stuck traveling Europe with the family when she really just feels like being at home and hiding in her room all summer. I really did feel bad for her and enjoyed her character immensely! She had actually sworn off men and was starting to realize that she could stand on her own two feet.

Enter Nicolai, whoooooo-wheeeeee! Hot, Hot, Hot!!! Even while I was reading, I just kept imagining his accent…La-swoon!! Nicolai has so many issues of his own. He is the crown prince of Mandovia and is expected to just bow down to whatever his parents say. He has no ruling over his own life and decides that he needs a little break. So he literally takes off without telling anyone where he is going. On one of is lonely afternoons, he spots the beautiful american girl wondering the streets. He does take notice of her but shrugs it off.

That is until they just keep bumping into each other EVERYWHERE they go!

What an adorable love story! I couldn’t get enough of the feels! Once the two characters finally meet, they realize that they have a lot more in common than they had originally thought and the story takes you on a whirlwind romance through the streets of many European cities. This was a bonus in my eyes because I love me some traveling stories!

The other character that I must mention because yes, Nicolai was swoonworthy but so was Becca’s brother, Dylan! yup-yup! He had the whole bad boy vibe going on but also was able to show his tender side by caring so much for his sister. He really had her back throuout the trip and it made me love him even more!

The ending was perfect and exactly what a great book is suppose to give it’s readers:) This is the first book that I had read by Angie Stanton but I am on the lookout for more!!!

4-starsh. Lee

 

Posted in 2014, May

Review: Only Everything


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Only Everything

Kieran Scott

 May 6th 2014

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

336 Pages

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

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Synopsis:

High school romance is tough—even for a bona fide love goddess. Can Cupid succeed as a mortal matchmaker?

When Eros (aka Cupid) is expelled from Olympus for defying Zeus after falling in love with Orion, she is banished to what she believes to be hell. We call it New Jersey. If she ever wants to go back to the comforts of her old life, she will have to find love for three couples—without using her powers.

Eros, now calling herself True, immediately identifies her first project in Charlie and believes finding him love will be a piece of cake. Charlie is new at school and eager to break out of his old image of band geek, so it’s lucky for him when he falls in with the right crowd on his first day. But music is still his passion. That is, until he meets Katrina…

Katrina is floundering after the death of her father and takes refuge with a boy who, while not entirely supportive, will be there when she needs him, unlike her mother. Too bad True thinks any girl Charlie talks to is perfect for him. Can she get out of her own way and help Charlie and Katrina connect, or will she be stuck in New Jersey forever?

My Thoughts:

I knew I was going to love this one! The moment I read the synopsis I knew it was going to absolutely amazing and I was right!!

The book starts out with Eros being kicked off of Mount Olympus for falling in love with Orion, and the only way to get back to him she has to match three couples without any of her powers. Starting a new school is always hard, but starting school as a human when you’ve been a Goddess your whole entire life is rough so trying her hardest to get her assignment done and back to Mount Olympus, Eros quickly latches on to Charlie and makes him her first match.

The writing in this book was fantastic! I loved the way Scott entwined the storyline with Greek myths and gave the Gods and Goddess so much depth, it left me always wanting more. Scott has a way of making each and every character in the story stand out which I loved immensely. The only problem with the writing I had was sometimes a character would use and expression and I would just stop and stare at the page saying “who in the world says that anymore?” Other than that the writing was engaging and fast paced and overall very enjoyable.

Eros who goes by the name True now was in my opinion a very enjoyable character my favorite out of all of them actually. She was so funny and fierce and definitely not afraid to say what’s on her mind and stick up other people. But it was those traits that I loved so much about her that made her so unliked at school. It actually made me pretty sad that so many people didn’t like her, but I do admit she is a hard person to like. I loved how much she changed by the end of the book, she seemed so much more mature and a lot more likeable!

Charlie, Charlie, Charlie I really only had two emotions with him; I either wanted to shake the heck out of him or I want to give him a million high fives. He was such a sweetheart and I loved that he was the first person to be nice to True, But the boy was blind! I mean he was so caught up in not wanting to be the band geek anymore that he didn’t even see how much he was letting other people’s opinions change the amazing person he is. But I loved how he really truly found himself in the end and how he stood up for not only himself but Katrina.

Katrina is broken, she is struggling with the death of her father and looking for love in the wrong places. There were many times where I just wanted to give her hug because damn she needed one. A lot of her problems would’ve been solved if she had just opened her mouth and said all of the things she was feeling. Her mom was a little witch sometimes, and I feel bad for saying that because like Katrina she is struggling with the death of her Husband and most likely keeping all her emotions bottled up, but God the way she treated Katrina was heartbreaking.

I loved this book and can’t wait for the sequel to come out, especially after that ending! The ending to this book was such a cliffhanger that I’m still cussing about it, stupid Zeus! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, sweet book, filled with mythology and a great cast of characters!

 

4-stars

Sam