Tuesday, June 25, 2013

True by Erin McCarthy

TrueTrue by Erin McCarthy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rory is the good girl, the smart girl. She tends to keep to herself, and sits back and thinks over everything logically. She's the girl that well boys don't really take notice too. So when she tells her roommates that she is still a virgin they decide to take matters into their own hands.

Tyler is the metal shirt wearing, tattooed "bad boy" who they think will fill that role as Rory's confidence builder by helping her lose her V card.

Except there is more to Tyler then people see, he's smart with so much on his plate. It's easier to let others think of him as just a good time, rather then have them get a peek at what life really is like for him.

Until Rory.

Studying together they both discover things about the other that no one else sees, or even bothers to look for.

I really enjoyed this book. When I got to the end, I had to do a double take and thought "What, that's it? Over?? But but my kindle say's there is still 11 minutes left in the book!!!!"

Really looking forward to reading the next book.


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Into the Deep (Into the Deep, #1) by Lauryn April

Into the Deep (Into the Deep, #1)Into the Deep by Lauryn April
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*Warning spoilers ahead*

Ivy is a typical seventeen year old, part of the popular group. Trying to fit in, doing things she doesn't really want to do because she doesn't want to be alone.

Things change for Ivy the night her and her friends sneak into the Country clubs swimming pool. The night of her accident.

Now she isn't just the typical seventeen year old, now she can hear the things that no one should. Now she can hear the personal things that no one shares with anyone, she can hear the thoughts of those around her.

With this new ability, not only does she start to doubt who she really is, but she starts to view her friends and those around differently.

At first the things she hears is like a trickling of water, but as the days past it's like she's standing outside in a hurricane, she is bombarded with voices. And one voice stands out from them all.

  A month from now, they'll all be dead.

Ivy has a month to figure out who that voice belongs to and to stop him before it's too late. While doing this she starts to make new friendships, friends that she doesn't need to change to fit in with. For the first time she feels comfortable being just herself.

Into the Deep is a well written young adult novel, with mystery, romance, friendship. I really enjoyed the story but at times I felt like I knew this story. No I haven't read it before, my favorite T.V show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it felt like I was reading the episode "Earshot" from Season 3. Where the book isn't exactly the same, there are a lot of similar things. The ability to hear peoples thoughts, searching the school to find the person who they think is going to kill everyone, This time tomorrow, I'll kill you all (BtVS: Earshot).

Over all:
A great book that, I highly recommend to those who enjoy a well written young adult novel, mystery, coming of age/self discovery books. Looking forward to reading Hidden Beneath.

*I was given a copy for review from the author Lauryn April. Thank you for gifting me this copy.*

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Save the Date (Modern Arrangements, #1) by Sadie Grubor

Save the Date (Modern Arrangements, #1)Save the Date by Sadie Grubor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aidan is a sexy playboy. Who can get any woman he wants, when he wants. Except when he needs to find one to marry. And he needs to get married soon.

Lilli feels she needs to do everything by herself. Going to collage while working two jobs, so she can pay the hospital bills for her sick father. She is witty and very attractive, and Aidan can't help but stare at her whenever she is around.

This book had me laughing so much, I love Lilli, especially when she's picking on Aidan. The sexual tension and humor between them both brought a smile to my face over and over. I really enjoyed it. I won't lie I'm  not overly happy with the basically to be continued ending.


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Monday, June 17, 2013

A Moment (Moments, #1) by Marie Hall

A Moment (Moments, #1)A Moment by Marie Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ryan is a local fighter, an ex Marine with a secret so dark it haunts him almost nightly. Especially on Valentines Day, that is the one day of the year he goes out and drinks and drinks, hoping to drown away the pain. He is so broken, he thinks he is beyond repair.

Lili, a single mother and collage student, has had a hard life. Her mother is dying, her son, 7 is autistic and she feels that she doesn't love her. She's trying her best to take care of both of them while working and going to school. She doesn't really get time for herself, doesn't make time for herself.

Ryan thinks he can't be fixed, Lili hopes to be the one to fix him. But the fear of last Valentines Days is always there in the back of her mind, is he  too broken for her to try.

While I enjoyed reading A Moment, somethings felt like they were missing. Just a few things I would have liked to see addressed. They weren't major story altering things but little touches that could have added to the story.

Over all though a great great book. Raw and heartbreaking dealing with many issues that affect so many people. Issues that some people can never peace with, find that someone to trust to lift that burden from their shoulders. But intermixed with all of that there are many sweet times, times to make you smile.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Golden by Jessi Kirby

GoldenGolden by Jessi Kirby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful story about self discovery.

Beautiful
Inspirational

Parker Frost, a high school senior, always thought she knew what she wanted in life, she had a plan. Study hard, work hard, go to Stanford and become a doctor. Everything she did was to reach her goal, never once waking off the path laid out before her, never once taking chances.

Until she stumbles across the journal of Julianna Farnetti, who will forever be remembered with her boyfriend, Shane Cruz, as the towns golden couple. Forever in love, a perfect couple who's lives where tragically cut short.

It is the words written 10 years ago and the choices made by others that make Parker open her eyes to what life is all about.

  Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?


The choices we make and the risks we take or don't take define how the rest of our lives play out. Sometimes you need to take that step, take that chance, no matter how scary it may seem. Even if you fail, at least you did it, you took that chance.

This was the kind of book that I wanted to sit down and read all in one sitting but I wanted to stretch out because I was enjoying it so much.

In Golden we have two stories taking place, we have Parker. The good girl, a straight A student who never does anything that could jeopardize her future plan, because she is too scarred to take that risk, too scared she will disappoint her mother.

And we have Julianna, forever remembered as part of the perfect couple, their image frozen in time. A beautiful and tragic love story. But the story in her journal tells the tale a little differently.

A coming of age story, filled with friendships, art, poetry, mystery, tragedy, firsts, risks, chance, glances,choices.




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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart

Angel SisterAngel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart
No rating.
Need to finish/DNF

I need to move this to my need to finish list, because I can't go on reading it right now. And honestly, I could end up moving it to my newly created DNF shelf.

Some people might find this book enjoyable. But not me, at least not at this current time. I was becoming so bored while reading it, I found myself drifting off and wanting to do other things. So for now I'm DNFing this book.

I really don't like not finishing a book, in fact I have made myself finish many books over the years that I have not liked. Most times I end up giving the book a bad review/low rating. This one I decided it was best to stop now. Because it could just be me and not the book it's self. Just not feeling it right now.


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Werewolves Be Damned (Magic & Mayhem, #1) by Stacey Kennedy

Werewolves Be Damned (Magic & Mayhem, #1)Werewolves Be Damned by Stacey Kennedy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nexi is on a mission, to find the wolf that got away. The wolf that did not die at the guardians hands, after the rogue pack murdered her parents. She will never forget that wolf, she will find it and kill it.

After the murder of her parents Nexi's life is tossed upside down. Everything that she knew of the world, herself has changed. Not all things are what they seem. There are supernatural beings from the Otherworld who cross over, but to a mere mortal they just appear to look just like every other person.

Nexi is connected to these beings in way she could never dream of. Both her real parents are from that world. Her father is a guardian her mother was a witch. Giving her the abilities of both, something that has never happened in the past.

The death of her adoptive parents have not been the only murders that have been happening across the country, other people have been killed at the hands (paws?) of other wolves.

Are all the murders connected and what does it have to do with Nexi?

Werewolves Be Damned is the first in a new series by Stacey Kennedy. Typical UF/PNR book, young female lead, dominant male for the love interest. It never wow'd me, I wasn't on the edge of my chair. At times I felt as if the story was rushed. But I did enjoy it though, there is potential for this series. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

After Math by Denise Grover Swank

After MathAfter Math by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Scarlett, is a math major, she also tutors in the lab when not in class. She  wants more out of her life then what she came from. She doesn't want to end up like her family, she wants to make something of herself. She doesn't have time for boys. And whenever someone has been interested she doesn't feel that she could actually feel for anyone, in her mind she's broken. On top of feeling broken inside she has social anxiety , the one thing that keeps her relaxed is doing math. Because with math there are rules to follow everything is kept neatly in it's own little box.

Tucker, in university on a soccer scholarship, needs to keep his grades up in order to keep it. Math being the area he is in need of help with,  and it's Scarlett who has been asked tutor him. On top of being a soccer superstar, he is loud, cocky, self destructive and a bit of a man whore, at least that's what he shows on the outside. He is the last person she wants to spend any time with because he is the kind of guy her mother always went for. But as time goes by she starts to see the Tucker that is hidden underneath, discovering that they are not so different after all.

After Math is a story about two broken souls discovering peace with each other.

It was a great story, I was hooked from the start. I can't wait for book two.


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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cover Reveal: CRAVE by Monica Murphy



CRAVE
by Monica Murphy
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy launches her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with the story of Archer and Ivy: a lavish bet, a night of carnal desires, and a forever they never thought possible…

Ivy
“What is this?” I take the wadded up fabric from his hand, our fingers accidentally brushing and heat rushes through me at first contact.
“One of my T-shirts.” He shrugs those broad shoulders, which are still encased in fine white cotton. “I know you didn’t have anything to wear to…bed. Thought I could offer you this.”
His eyes darkened at the word bed and my knees wobble. Good lord, what this man is doing to me is so completely foreign, I’m not quite sure how to react.
“Um, thanks. I appreciate it.” The T-shirt is soft, the fabric thin, as if it’s been worn plenty of times, and I have the sudden urge to hold it to my nose and inhale. See if I can somehow smell his scent lingering in the fabric.
The man is clearly turning me into a freak of epic proportions.
“You’re welcome.” He leans his tall body against the doorframe, looking sleepy and rumpled and way too sexy for words. I want to grab his hand and yank him into my room.
Wait, no I don’t. That’s a bad, terrible idea.
Liar.
“Is that all then?” I ask because we don’t need to be standing here having this conversation. First, my brother could find us and start in again on what a mistake we are. Second, I’m growing increasingly uncomfortable with the fact that I’m completely naked beneath the robe. Third, I’m still contemplating shedding the robe and showing Archer just how naked I am.
“Yeah. Guess so.” His voice is rough and he pushes away from the doorframe. “Well. Good night.”
“Good night,” I whisper but I don’t shut the door. I don’t move.
Neither does he.
“Ivy…” His voice trails off and he clears his throat, looking uncomfortable. Which is hot. Oh my God, everything he does is hot and I decide to give in to my impulses because screw it.
I want him.

Archer

Like an idiot, I can’t come up with anything to say. It’s like my throat is clogged and I can hardly force a sound out, what with Ivy standing before me, her long, wavy dark hair tumbling past her shoulders, her slender body engulfed in the thick white robe I keep for guests. The very same type of robe we provide at Hush.
But then she does something so surprising, so amazingly awesome I’m momentarily dumbfounded by the sight.
Her slender hands go for the belt of the robe and she undoes it quickly, the fabric parting, revealing bare skin. Completely bare skin.
Holy shit. She’s naked. And she just dumped the robe onto the ground so she’s standing in front of me. Again, I must stress, naked.
My mouth drops open, a rough sound coming from low in my throat. Damn, she’s gorgeous. All long legs and curvy waist and hips and full breasts topped with pretty pink nipples. I’m completely entranced for a long, agonizing moment. All I can do is gape at her.
“Well, are you just going to stand there and wait for my brother to come back out and find us like this or are you going to come inside my room?”

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rebecca by Adam J. Nicolai

RebeccaRebecca by Adam J. Nicolai
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

~Warning Spoilers ahead~

Imagine growing up thinking that there was something wrong with you? You were cursed, had a demon inside of you? And imagine that you prayed every night for eight years

for God to make you good, not a sinner, to make you not gay! Because you can't be gay?? Because your faith, your God, your pastor, your church, your mother says it's wrong. Gay people are wrong and they are cursed, they will go to hell!

You are wrong, you are going to hell!!

Sarah had big dreams, she was going to Yale. That was until she got pregnant and had baby Rebecca. A baby she doesn't really want, a baby that shouldn't have happened, because she shouldn't have been with Cal.

Cal, is a homophobic jerk who Sarah ran too. Ran from Tiff, her best friend, who everyone knew was gay. Her best friend that she loved but was to scared, ashamed to tell. So she ran to Cal, to hide who she was, because being with Cal no one would think she liked girls, she wouldn't think she liked girls. This was her telling the world, telling herself, I'm straight, there's nothing wrong with me.

Sarah get's visits from "the messenger" he says's he's from God. I personally don't believe she was seeing anyone. I think it was something that came from within her, her own personal demon. A way for her to talk down to herself, or insure she does the right thing.

She can't take the stress, Rebecca doesn't stop crying. Sarah needs sleep. She doesn't know what she is going to do, all her dreams are gone. She looks at this baby and with out love. "The messenger" tells her God will give her another chance, she can go to Yale, have the future back. Because it was her trying to listen to God and not be gay that she ended up getting pregnant. So he's going to give her a second chance, all she needs to do his give her baby, give Rebecca to him. Give her baby to God, kill her baby so she will return to him.


This book made me see red. But I still enjoyed it, because it was suppose to make me mad. It's actually sickening some parts of this story. I hate the fact there are actually people in this world like some of the characters in this book.
And to them I would like to say



For those who are made to feel ashamed, dirty, wrong. Don't be. Be proud of who you are.



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Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The TestingThe Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*I was given an ARC copy of for review, via NetGalley*

Expected publication: June 4th 2013


First of all I have noticed many other reviews talking about The Hunger Games, I myself have NOT read that trilogy, so I don't have all that much to compare it too.

Set in the aftermath of the what is known as the Seven Stages of War, humanity is trying to rebuild. After graduation a select few from each colony gets picked to go for testing. The testing, set in four stages will eliminate those who do not have what it takes to become the future leaders. Those who do pass get to go on to the University and from there into careers that will help in the rebuild.

Cia is thrilled to have been picked for the testing it is something she studied and worked hard for. After a talk with her father, someone who has gone through the testing and university she goes into it with her eyes and ears on alert.

 "Be careful who you trust, Cia. You do that and everything will be okay."

So many questions plague her. Can she trust the others that come from Five Lakes Colony? Why has it been years since people from her colony has been selected? What happens to those who fail? Do they get relocated or can they go home? Would others really go to extreme measures to insure a placement at the University?

I absolutely LOVED this book and I can not wait to rush out and pick up a copy when it comes out on the June 4th. I can not wait for the next book  Independent Study to be released.


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