Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Future Favorites (178)

Future Favorites is an awesome blog feature created by Alex over at Electrifying Reviews. I post about a book that is yet-to-be-released that I can't wait to read!



Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Release Date: March 3, 2015 by Ace

Praised as "the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal," the Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now, a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business…

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent

With All My Soul:
What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It's time to kick some hellion butt...

After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can't save everyone she loves without risking everything she has....


This series. How do I put into words everything that is the Soul Screamers series? Annnnd to do that without spoilers for new fans of the series. These books are completely unique from start to finish, Rachel Vincent is an amazing storyteller; she puts so much honest emotion into her books that her readers can be nothing less than consumed. She also writes outside of the box for this YA series, with creating strong family bonds, steering away from the absentee parental unit. These characters dealt with so many serious subject matters throughout the series, and that is what made these books so amazing in my eyes. Death, drug use, sex, sacrifice and so much more. Rachel wrote gritty truths and drove her readers deep into each subject matter. While there is so much information in this book, none of it gets lost due to Rachel’s ability to tell an engaging tale. Kaylee has grown so much over the course of these books. As a bean sidhe, or banshee who calls souls of the dead, she started out naive and unsure of herself, but grew into a strong and admirable young woman. The strong, vibrant secondary characters that we have all grown to love just as much had their sub-plots tied up nicely.

With All My Soul offers fans of the series the perfect happily-ever-after ending, even if we are all not quite ready to say goodbye to Kaylee and Tod.





Saturday, July 26, 2014

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin:
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

This is going to be short, partly because I know there are hundreds of reviews out there and also because I just can’t articulate my feelings towards the Lux series enough. In Origin Jennifer L. Armentrout pulled out all the stops, I honestly didn't see the series going in this direction, and turn this absolutely heart-pounding and intense. While the romance is still there (happy sigh), the action and suspense were completely intensified. After the ending of Opal, I knew this book was going to cause all sorts of emotions, so I put off reading it until Opposition was closer to releasing, and oh man, am I glad that I did. Cliffhanger endings…KILLER. Terrible things were done to Katy and I cringed with every turn of the page. This book is told through both Katy and Daemon’s point-of-views, and I loved the insight it gave me into their characters. All of the characters we have grown to love over the course of this series are in this one, and the danger just keeps coming.

Daemon turns himself in so that he can be with Katy. Even if it means they will never be free, he will not leave her to endure captivity alone. The non-stop tests and psychological stress would have broken a lesser character, but Katy is strong and she not only survives, but she also overcomes the terrible things she was made to do. They have help from the inside though, and eventually they do gain their freedom. Only someone else close to Daemon betrays them and they are forced to run from the safety they believed they had found. 




Friday, July 25, 2014

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye {Mini Review}

Hard As It Gets :
Tall, dark, and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome--pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge…


Hard As It Gets was an intense and passionate introduction to the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye. This series is definitely on my auto-buy list from now on. This was also my first foray into Laura’s writing style, and I have to say that I loved it. The characters were well written and the plot was gritty, fast paced and kept me intrigued the entire book. This story has it all: ex-special forces, alpha males covered in tattoos and with hidden hearts of gold. The romance was sweet and fierce, and there was enough suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat.

A missing persons case quickly unravels a conspiracy that involves a terrible incident from Nick’s past military life. In order to save Becca’s brother, Nick must pull the remaining members of his team back together. Despite the hard feelings they harbor for one another, the men come together to form a new team and regain the honor that was stolen from them.





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why Haven't I Read You? (62)

Every Wednesday I’ll choose a book off one of my (many, many) shelves that I haven’t read for some reason or another, and include the first few lines from the first page.
Feel free to join in, and comment about the books I feature if you have read them!


One hand on the wheel, one hand around Darlene’s shoulders, Tony pounded on the gas pedal, and the van roared over the bumps and pits of the narrow dirt road. Leaning against the window on Darlene’s right, Sue gritted her teeth and absorbed every jolt and jerk in silence. Tony was driving too fast, trying to impress Darlene, and Sue had to fight down her fear.


A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Future Favorites (177)

Future Favorites is an awesome blog feature created by Alex over at Electrifying Reviews. I post about a book that is yet-to-be-released that I can't wait to read!



Day 21 by Kass Morgan
Release Date: September 16, 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.


Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (186)



Books I read week:
Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The book I’m reading now:
With All My Soul:
What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It's time to kick some hellion butt...

After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can't save everyone she loves without risking everything she has....


Books that spark my interest this week:
Of Neptune by Anna Banks
Gasp by Lisa McMann



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Odds & Ends (3)


Although this is usually Sarah’s bloggy spot, she has been extremely busy and has not been able to post for a while. So I’m going to do an Odds & Ends post to fill in the gaps so to speak. I love books, you all know that, but I thought that sometimes it would be nice to talk about other things that I love as well.

Movies I Love with Cars...and Other Things


American Graffiti
A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.


Christine
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.


The Fast and the Furious
Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalties really lie when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.


Bullitt
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.


Gone in Sixty Seconds
A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life.


Rush
The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.


Need For Speed
Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.




Friday, July 18, 2014

Forgotten Fridays (97)

I invite and welcome anyone interested to post their own Forgotten Friday and join in the fun! I feature a book that I have read and have forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Some books might recent reads and some might be older reads, but I hope this helps these (sometimes forgotten) books earn a spot on your own TBR pile!


The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
First Published: March 2012
Goodreads | My Review

Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is.




Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Thirteen (51)


Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it.
*All of my lists are in no particular order.*
 

Random Recommendations Made by Goodreads

1. Unclean Spirits by M. L. N. Hanover

2. Feudlings by Wendy Knight

3. To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt

4. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

5. Married with Zombies by Jesse Peterson

6. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

7. Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles

8. Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

9. Impulse by Candace Camp

10. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

11. The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay

12. Glimmer Glass by Jenna Black

13. Skinwalker by Faith Hunter