24. srp 2015.

ARC Review: Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

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Book summary:
Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.
Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.
Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.
To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted… 
          One of the things you maybe don't know about me is that I'm a list person, meaning I make lists, often. It doesn't matter if it's reading related or not I tend to have some lists in my head. Therefore here is one little short list of things this book made me do:
  1. It made me reread some chapters right after finishing them. I don't think this ever happened, but boy some were so good that I couldn't resists.
  2. It made me cry throughout half of it. It's usually that I get teary eyed at the end or some parts of the book, but not this one. I was sniffing all the time while reading. 
  3. I actually hugged my Kindle after finishing it, literally. I was almost asleep and I just had to hug it for a while. 
  4. It's been over a month since I have read this one and still I cannot get it out of my head.
  5. Cecile is still someone I wish to think as my alter-ego. 
          Now after reading this book I'm in the same position I was a year ago after finishing Stolen Songbird. Even though this book was quite long I wanted more. I still do and I really cannot wait to get back into this world one last time. That's gonna be hard. But till then you should totally read The Maledict Trilogy. 

Rating: 5 stars!

Until the next time,
 *NOTE: Review of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, Angry Robots. Thank you so much. All opinions are personal!

21. srp 2015.

ARC Review: Awekened by Patricia Vanasse

Welcome to my tour stop for Awakened by Patricia Vanasse!  The tour runs July 13-24 with reviews only. This is the second book in the series. Stop by the tour page for more information.


Book summary: 
In an attempt to protect their families, Livia and Adam set out in a search for answers that would change their lives forever. While on the run, Livia and Adam crossed paths with Daniel, who had been searching for them and the five other genetically enhanced teens Daniel knew existed. But getting out from under The Agency’s radar has not been easy. After being ambushed by the leader of The Agency that created them—a desperate attempt to claim what they lost just over a decade earlier—Livia was forced to leave an injured Adam behind, barely escaping to safety with Daniel. Now under the control of The Agency, Adam is serving the purpose for which he was created. Manipulated to forget his love for Livia and his past, he lives a life crafted by fake memories that enslave him to a life of following the orders of The Agency. Adam battles with vivid “dreams” of a life he does not remember and the strong connection he feels to the girl with familiar blue eyes.The desire for vengeance propels Livia and Daniel into a dangerous race to disrupt the destructive string of events that The Agency initiated seventeen years earlier. As they travel across parts of North America in search of other teens who are just like them, Livia will face an ethical battle over genetics, loyalty, and love. The race is on, and it is up to Livia to destroy The Agency and rescue Adam, but even if she succeeds at saving him, there are no guarantees she’ll able to save the deep connection they once shared.
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        Even though it's been over a year since I had a chance to read and review the first book in this series, Resilent I'm happy to say that it seemed like no time has passed at all. I was able to jump into the story right away and follow Adam and Livia's journey. 

       Where Resilent was stronger on humor and a bit lighter, Awekened was all but that. Here guys have serious problems to deal with and with that The Agency is closer than ever and stronger than ever. Therefore, this book is also much quicker in pace, as it's constantly on edge. Their run is fast and what's more we get to see the story from different perspectives, or better said characters so we see what's happening on both sides. With that Adam and Livia are now apart, and because of that their love functions differently. 

        But this sequel isn't without issues. While Adam and Livia now get a chance to think about their emotions I missed seeing them together. In the first book those moments were nicely balanced with the action so it was much easier to follow it. The other thing that I had some troubles with were hints of a love triangle. No, there isn't one yet here, but I am afraid it might come to that. 

        Still I hope not, and I will continue to hope till the next sequel. 

Rating: 3 stars.
About the Author:
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Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest. She has been through Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength- believes that everything is possible. Her weakness- an obsessive relationship with caffeine.

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Until the next time,

26. lip 2015.

ARC Review: Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

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Expected publication date: June 30th 2015

My rating: 5 stars

Book summary:

"The ride of her life . . . Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . .
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever . . "

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23341855-ride-steady?from_search=true&search_version=service

      I know that I'm boring you to death with my love for Kristen Ashley, but I just can't help myself. I love how this woman writes, her characters, story, romance... Everything! So it is pretty understandable that I was over the moon happy when I got ARC of Ride Steady, third book in Chaos series. 

      Five things that made me love Ride Steady

  • Joker aka Carson Steele. This man is everything! Probably my favorite KA men along Tate Jackson from Sweet Dreams. The way he was portrayed as kid broke my heart, as teenager he made me fall in love with him and as the man Carson made me forget about every other book boyfriend I have ever loved. 
  • Carissa Teodoro. She is strong and loyal and devoted. She knows what she wants and what is important in her life.
  • The Club. Chaos boys are my ultimate weakness. Their friendship and "brotherhood", the way they support each other... Not to mention bromance that happens in every book in this series. 
  • Big bad biker with a kid in his hands. Melts my heart every single time.
  • Positivity. Despite some hard times and bad things that happen to Kristen Ashley's characters, her stories are in the end all about happiness and all things that are good in this world. When you finish one of her novels, including Ride Steady, you have this big, goofy smile on your face.

      I am now anxiously waiting for October and Walk Through Fire - I cannot wait to find out more about  Logan "High" Judd.

Happy reading,

*Copy of the book was provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

25. lip 2015.

ARC Review: Chasing River by K. A. Tucker

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Expected publication date: July 7th 2015 by Atria Books 

My rating: 5 stars

Book summary: 

"Armed with two years' worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn't let her die, but he also couldn't risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it's because he saved her life, or maybe it's because he's completely different from everything she's left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn't the kind of guy she'd want to catch."

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23522253-chasing-river?from_search=true&search_version=service

      K. A. Tucker just continues to surprise me with every new book in Burying Water series. I absolutely loved previous two books, Burying Water and Becoming Rain, and I anxiously waited for the next one. Still, I was a little bit afraid because I had doubts about story and its originality compared to first two books. I shouldn't have had any doubts - Chasing River was amazing.
       Want to know why? Here we go...

  •       Setting. Chasing River is happening in Ireland. Now, I am always trying to hold back when reading books that are written about other countries by authors who aren't actually connected with those in any way other than maybe as a tourist. It feels like K.A. Tucker had done her research before writing this book. 
  •       River. So far, Water and Rain were female characters, but in the third sequel River is a guy. And what a guy!
  •       Romance. This will not be the usual new adult storyline, that is something I can promise. First of all, the way Amber and River meet, reasons for which she looks for him and, in the end, how everything unravels is main reason for my five stars rating. 
  •       Secondary characters. I feel a story there. Ivy will already get hers in Surviving Ice and I am really curious about River's younger brother.

      Who should read this book? Fans of K.A. Tucker (of course). All of you who have doubts about new adult genre. If you want romance and suspense in your books. Chasing River will not disappoint you.


Happy reading,

               *Copy of the book was provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

15. lip 2015.

Short Review: Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle

My rating: 4 stars

Book summary:

"Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can't get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It's not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma's name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go even when you know you have to say goodbye."
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22609201-where-sea-meets-sky



    Karina Halle, you woman, stop being so awesome! And tempt me with beautiful description s of places I want to see. 

     What is the best way to describe Where Sea Meets Sky? Postcard romance. I started reading this book without knowing that it's actually Love, in English spin-off story  about Vera's brother Josh. But don't worry, you don't have to necessarily read Love, in English to be able to follow Where Sea Meets Sky.  

      I loved all New Zealand descriptions and road trip parts of the story. If you love to travel, there is no way that you won't enjoy reading this, too. Romance was slow (despite the way everything started), there is angst and hotness and everything you need in great romance novel. 

      Where Sea Meets Sky is a perfect summer reading material.


Happy reading,

29. svi 2015.

A Court of Trons and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Book summary:
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
          If I am to speak about the most anticipated books of this year for me, this one would be really high on my list. My love for Throne of Glass is really strong and everything new from Sarah will always go instantly to my wishlist. While I cannot say that this is now my favorite Sarah's series, still it has potential to become so.

          Once again I was in another world, which amazed me. This time we went to another fairy world, where as usual things were complicated. It's a really rich world in detail and once again it managed to combine what we knew of our world with something new and magical. Besides its world, this book also introduced some interesting creatures and powers I knew nothing about. As always, I was willing to learn more. With that there was romance that turned me into my teen self, giggling and swooning page after page. Good guys in disguise will be end of me.

          While the setting amazed me and it's something I cannot wait to return to I cannot say the same for the characters. Well, at least not for Feyre. She just didn't have that vibe around her that I wanted to love. It annoyed me that she became perfect in anything she did. It did work for Caleana after her years of practice and most of the needs provided. But Feyre not that much. Luckily, as the story progressed she started to fail and got easier to grasp in a way.

         Lastly, let's hope that by adding Rhys to the pot this is not going where I think it's going. Please sequel, prove me wrong.

Rating: 4 stars.

Until the next time,

27. svi 2015.

Waiting on Wednesday (#145)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass' pick

You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart…

THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO

Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved—until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be. 

Expected publication: August 11th, 2015

Tanja's pick

War is here.

Full-scale war has erupted between the Crusaders and demons and even Chi has to admit isn’t going well. Like any sensible rat, Meda’s eager to abandon the sinking ship but, unfortunately, her friends aren't nearly as pragmatic. Instead, Meda’s forced to try to keep them all alive until the dust settles.

As the Crusaders take more and more drastic measures, the tables turn and Meda suddenly finds herself in the role of voice of sanity. No one is more horrified than she is. When old enemies reappear as new allies and old friends become new enemies Meda has to decide—again—whose side she’s really on.

And then the Crusaders decide that Meda should go to Hell. Literally.

Can’t a monster ever catch a break?



Expected publication: August 11th, 2015

We'd love to see your picks so feel free to link them up.

Until the next time,

25. svi 2015.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Book summary:
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.
          In all honesty I could write a book about this book. There is so much to say and do to make you read it. But I won't. Not because I'm selfish like that, but because I want you to discover it on your own. This is one of those books you don't need to read anything about, just pick it up and you won't be able to stop. I guarantee you!

         In the meantime I want to tease you a bit, so here is my favorite quote from the book:
What if life could be this way? Only the happy parts, none of the terrible, not even the mildly unpleasant. What if we could just cut out the bad and keep the good? This is what I want to do with Violet - give her only the good, keep away the bad, so that good is all we ever have around us.
          If you want to know more about this book head over to Goodreads and you'll find plenty, but if you want to feel magic of it then pick up the book! That's where it's hidden. In beautify writing and sweet words of Theodore and Violet! Two people you'll start carrying for after this book.

          And while you at it, just remember to look around. We all carry our burdens but some might need help with theirs. So pick them up. Remember

Rating: 5 stars!

Until the next time,

23. svi 2015.

Bookish Problems #24 - Recap

Hiya! Well usually people do recaps for some special numbers, like 50 or 100, but me - I like number 24 so why not make it a recap post. Unusual I know, but I do what I want. 

Anyhow this is where I'll list all our bookish problems till now, just to remind you of some topics that we covered. Of course we also plan much more, and maybe celebrate properly some magical number. We shall see. Till them here is what you maybe missed:

Bookish Problems in order:

  1. Sequels I'm Afraid to Read 
  2. Should I Request that ARC?
  3. Recommendations and Hyped Books
  4. What to do When Suffering from a Reading Slump?
  5. New Adult Cliches 
  6. I Have Nothing to Read 
  7. Why Translations are Never Good Enough
  8. No Awkwardness Found (Tanja's fave but don't tell that to others, they're jealous creatures)
  9. It's Saturday? Already? 
  10. Reading and Music
  11. Where to Order that Book? 
  12. Reading Lists
  13. Negative Reviews and One Star Ratings 
  14. Having a Co-Blogger
  15. NetGalley vs Edelweiss
  16. All About DNFs  
  17. Reading Schedule: Yes? No? Maybe? 
  18. Do we have to Love Every Book?
  19. Spread Love, Not War 
  20. Review Requests 
  21. Memes
  22. Burnouts 
  23. Inspiration
  24. Recap 
This is also a chance to thank you all for being part of this meme with your comments! You're what makes this all work. We love reading your comments and wonderful suggestions and ideas! Keep them coming! 

That's it for now, but expect more posts in future. As matter of fact some are already ready and scheduled. Stay tuned! 

Until the next time, 

22. svi 2015.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Book summary:
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
         For me, personally the second book you write might me the hardest one. In case of Jandy Nelson we can say that The Sky Is Everywhere left pretty big shoes to be filled. It could be tricky, but now after reading I'll Give You the Sun I believe that there are no shoes big enough that Jandy cannot fill.

        There are books that you simply cannot just read without stopping every now and then to bookmark or highlight something. I'll Give You the Sun is one of those books. It's beautifully written where you just stop and think and cannot believe that someone created that metaphor. It's sublime.

         But this book is also much more than lovely quotes and beautiful writing. This is a story about life, coming of age and finding oneself in this cruel world of ours. It's a story about Noah, who has a dream and enough innocence that you just believe that if you were his age you'd be his friend for sure. It's about Jude, who tells you things differently and opens new doors and new truths for you to see.

        It shifts from past or Noah's to present or Jude's POV. Each twin gets to tell the story and give you details that the other couldn't do. It's not only about them, it's also about art and what it means to the world. We might underestimate art all the time, but it's what makes this world around it. By making art you in a way remake the world. It's your super power. Beware of labels that might be put on this book, as they might and probably are misleading. This is book for everyone to read, as this is story about humanity and life.

         This story also has emotions and feelings that Jandy brings with her. It's something that will probably be part of all her books, which I cannot wait to read.

         If you still aren't sure about this book, here is little something to push you towards it:
Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you've been in before - you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall,the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.
Rating: 5 stars.

Remake the world,

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