Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #5

"Waiting On" Wednesday it's a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 



                                      Secret (Elemental #4)


Expected Publication : January 28th 2014 by Kensington Teen

Synopsis
Nowhere is safe. Not even home…
Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.


Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.

Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—-or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.
There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.
Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?




Ok, another book I can't wait to get my hands on! I love this series, it's one of the greatest in the YA/PNR genre. And of course it helps that we don't have only one swoon worthy hero but a couple of them,aha. 
So far we only had one novella in Nick's POV so I'm looking forward for a full length novel in his mind.
I'm just a tiny bit disappointed with the cover, I love the previous one, and it seems off to me that they have chosen a different model this time.

Anyway, if you haven't read this series, why not? 
And what's your WoW?


The Bet


Rating : 4 stars
Read: July 27, 2013
Format Read : Kindle Edition


It's important to live and not get so hung up on the past. The past is called the past for a reason. If you are constantly looking behind you, your eyes aren't on the road ahead. You don't drive a car that way, so why would you live your life that way? 


When Kacey is face to face with Jake for the first time in 2 years, she doesn't expect, first the pull she have towards them and the proposition he made her. She will have to go back home for the weekend and go as Jake's fiance.

Of course she thinks it's a bad and stupid idea, but Jake an be persuasive and dropping the "my grandma is sick", makes Kacey to jump on board.

How to act around Jake,when they didn't speak for 2 years? When they came from being the closest friends to being awkward around each other? When she feels she loved him all her life while he in the first opportunity left her!
Now she only hopes that Jake's brother aka Satan, won't be there to make her life hell...

Why does she think Travis is the Satan? Well, while growing up, Kacey and Jake were best friends and inseparable and Travis will always be there with them, pulling awful pranks to Kacey. He spent her childhood tormenting her and she would also prank him back for payback.

But this was what 8 years old Travis thought at the time...


He knew for a fact Kacey loved princess stories. She would talk about how girls are supposed to be treated like princesses, and boys are supposed to be princes.

But how was he supposed to be a prince when there were no dragons to slay? How could he prove himself when there were no monsters? Good thing he was the smartest kid in his class.

He knew just what to do.
All he had to do was cause the trouble and then save her from it. 


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Oh Travis your innocent fool! How everything backfired!


So you see where this is going? 

Travis always loved Kacey and Kacey always thought that Travis hated her *facepalm to my adorable fools*


Now, when Kacey gets to Jake's house, she doesn't expect her reaction to Travis. The way he smiles makes things to her and now, she can truly have a deep conversation with him.

And all the sparks and emotions fly all around us *sigh


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"Where have you been all my life?"

"Home. I've been home, waiting for you." 


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Oh did I said already that I love enemies-to-lovers stories? THEY'RE THE BEST!


If you're looking for a sweet and romantic story, this one is for you ;)






Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Unbreak Me

Rating : 3.5 stars
Read : July 19 to 20, 2013
Format Read : Kindle Edition





After one year since she ran away, Maggie is back home to her sister wedding.
Her sister is marrying her ex-fiancé Will.

The first thought that crossed my mind was WHAT THE HELL happened to her!
What caused her to cancel her own wedding and run away like that.

One thing we know for sure is how broken and unworthy of love she feels. She accepts all the things people say about her and it does became her reality. If people say she is not good, she believes them.

But she is set to become a New Maggie and then enters Asher ,the mysterious guy she met on the reception, that looked as broken as she felt.
Turns out he is the reclusive neighbor next door, whose pool she used to break in, and the one she is caught by him. The attraction and connection between them is intense but Asher is set on knowing her first.
He wants to let her open up, to share her secrets with him, because he is the one to see how hurt and broken she truly is. She hides behind a facade, not letting no one in, until Asher.

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I did have some problems with this book, especially the timeline of some of the events, just left me questioning of how it could happen in real life. Especially her relationship with Will.
Now, what totally sold me to this story was the connection between Asher and Maggie, and that made me overlook most of the issues I had with the book.

And there were things that truly infuriate me, like how the people in her town treated her, like the town slut, the "trash". To the point she actually believed they were right! When we get to know what happened to her to "deserve" such treatment, truly shocked me. She was 15, damn it! How could people see her like a Jezebel and not like a victim? Even her own family?

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Let's just say I wanted to hit someone! And to read how the consequences were so devastating to her, molding her own behavior. If people though she was promiscuous she ended up behaving like that.

Anyway, this a story of finding yourself and healing the wounds. And most importantly, you can find the perfect person to share your burden with it and truly LIVE!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Bookworm & Friends - Guest Post #1


Hello everyone!
I was trying to get new post ideas for the blog, when I thought, "Why not invite a friend over to share a book review with us all?". 
And that's what Bookworm&Friends is all about!

My first guest *drums rolls*is a friend I made on Goodreads ,and we bound in all the craziness and our undying love for books,aha. She is just awesome you guys!
Anyway,when I approached her with my idea, she was totally on board and I got to say I feel honored to share with you all, one of her amazing reviews!

Now, give a warm welcome to my bestie Ana Rita and also go follow her FANTASTIC reviews!! 


Thank you again dear, xx


'Left Drowning' is an intense and meaningful reading experience. 


It captivates the reader's attention right from the beginning, that's when we meet 'Blythe McGuire'. 


I have mastered the art of melancholy. 

She's not a regular 21-year-old college student, she's someone whose life was shattered when her parents died in a tragic accident. She's profoundly sad, using alcohol as an escape and a way to numb the pain, she's disappointed in herself, lonely and trying to mend a fractured relationship with her brother.


Just get through the day, Blythe. You can fucking do this 

While she's trying to get through another day, we get our first glimpse of an unforgettable character: 'Sabin', someone who captivates both Blythe and the reader from his first appearance and eventually becomes really important in Blythe’s journey. 

I would like to take this moment to praise Jessica Park’s talent to create such unique characters. Every character is complex and well developed, we get emotionally invested in each one of them, their singular personalities and individual stories (I would really love to read more about Sabin, Eric, Estelle, James...)

So, after that first encounter with Sabin, she meets his brother: Christopher Shepherd. Here’s how she sees him: 

He is confident, he is assured, and he is centered. 


He strikes me as free, freer than I am or could be 



She feels an undeniable attraction to him and we become intrigued with the intensity of their connection.

Some people describe certain physical connections as being like electricity. Sparks flying. When Chris and I touch, it’s different. I think of the feel of water. The way it is when you wade into the ocean and a small wave cascades against you, swirling sand over you and awakening every pour. 

He’s a catalyst for her change

Run through the pain 


Breath. Just Breath. 

The relationship between Blythe and Chris is something to be experienced, it’s not rushed, or easy and in case you're wondering, their physical connection equals their emotional link in its intensity.<spoiler>no X-rated quotes here, you naughty reader! I don't want to spoil the fun, just know that it’s HOT HOT HOT</spoiler>


You feel with me, the same way that I do with you. 


Like Chris, the rest of the Shepperd family is crucial in Blythe’s change and self-discovery. I think the author's approach of depression is flawless and realistic. There are other elements in this story (e.g.religion, abuse) and I felt that the author's raw, straightforward and honest approach to those gives authenticity to the story.

Usually, I don't like to mention the book cover or title, but I have to make an exception in this case to say that the title of this book is brilliant and that both book covers are beautiful. I LOVE that first, original cover (the girl in the water), it’s artistic and evocative, it’s perfection.

This story unleashes a raging torrent of emotions, it surprised me, made me laugh, cry… it moved me. 

Drowning in the beautiful words of Jessica Park was a pleasure and I recommend it to everyone. One of the best books I've read this year. 


Finally, here's an excerpt of the wonderful book’s dedication that expresses its powerful message: 

This book is for everyone who has survived. You are not broken. You can love and be loved, despite what may feel like the eternally brutal nature of the world. Even when you’re drowning and so far under, there is always time to reach for someone who will teach you how to breathe again. 

Left Drowning by Jessica Park  ***review by Ana Rita

Sunday, July 28, 2013

All Over You (Devoured #0.5)



Rating : 4.5 stars
Read: February 6th, 2013
Format Read : Kindle Edition





Ok, I LOVED this novella.


Many times, I crave for a good and short read but many do lack in depth. Don't get me wrong, i know it must be hard to put in a few pages, all the elements we get in a novel, attraction, sexual tension and characters development.

And actually i felt it had all that in this one,making me eager to read the first novel in the series!
So the story is in both POV's, Lucas aka rock god and Sienna aka Red.

Lucas Wolfe 



Just his name...bloddy hell *.* 

Anyway, he is the vocalist of one of the most successful rock bands,his voice sounds like velvet and sin, and the lyrics of his songs just push you to the edge. He have that presence and all the women just trows themselves at him (i don't blame you girls).

Did i mention already he is sex-on-legs-rock-god? No? Silly me!

So dear Lucas, usually gets what he wants. He is all for one night stands where he have to be in total control, the woman has to surrender herself completely to him...oh and he doesn't do relationships, manly because of his ex-wife (that makes us even more curious what she haves against him).

Then he meets Sienna, that is working in the wardrobe of his latest music video. And since the first encounter, when she whispers submissively "Yes, Mr Wolfe" he knows one thing, he wants her.

And won't stop until he have her bound to his bed....

"You smell like apples," he whispers harshly before his tongue darts out to trace the column of my throat," And you taste like the best kind of sin." 


I want this man to kiss me. There've been so many times that I laughed about people falling head over heels for each other at first sight, but this is so different. This is head over heels in lust. (...)This is the most possessed by a man I've ever felt 







Saturday, July 27, 2013

Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror, #3)


Rating : 5 stars
Read : February 24 to 26, 2013
Format Read : Kindle Edition




First i just need to say, that this one was by far the SCARIEST of them all....really SCARY stuff!
CREEPY AND SCARY!!

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Ok, now that i take it off my chest, let's get back to the story!

This time our fave crazy and awesome duo, it's planning to go to D'arcy Island...what's so special about the island? Well, it was used has a leper colony for Chinese immigrants , and basically they were left there to die. A ship with come from time to time, with food and coffins. They were left to bury their own dead. And before anyone cared about this people, at least 40 people dies in the most horrific conditions.

Now, you see why it would be interesting to Dex and Perry?
But going to an island like that nowadays, wouldn't be a problem right? Even more, that now it's a national park and everything...WRONG!!
The Island is also called the ISLAND OF DEATH....the freakin ISLAND OF DEATH!!!

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Then it's nearly impossible to get away from the island if something goes wrong, lot of strong currents and so on. One of the reasons why many dies trying to escape from it.
Oh and did i said they're going to be ALONE in that island? ALONE!!!
They didn't get there yet and i was already freaking out...

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And so far, in all of our experiences together, there always was that moment that I could have turned back and I never ever did. Even if it scared me to the core, to my very soul and fiber of my being, I still went forward into the unknown. Some may call that brave. I don't think I'd call it that. Stubborn beyond repair seemed more fitting.


This is actually one (of many) reasons I love this series, they're not all brave and laughing at death, they are SCARED,in many of this situations they honestly believe they won't came back alive. But they still go on, and most of all, they always have each other back. 


And they sure needed for this one, it was just nightmare-ish, one they couldn't wake from. The island messed up with their mind and with their trust in each other, because of strange and dark forces (dun dun).
...

Besides the location this time, regarding this 2, it was just like an emotional roller coaster...and i think we could cut all that sexual tension with a knife.

So there were some scenes that I was...

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and then...

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Gosh, this story really was scary and twisted and just mind f*ck ...

And i just can't get enough of this series!!


A MUST READ!!




Friday, July 26, 2013

Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's a Song of Ice and Fire




Rating : 3 stars
Read : March 30th to April 4th, 2013
Format Read : Kindle Edition


"We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La." 


This book is an insightful look in the world created by George R.R. Martin in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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In each chapter you’ll read one different topic regarding the series, from the prophecies, to the romancism , to a study in some of the characters. It will show some of the theories and discuss some of the main events of the series.


I did not agree with some of the  points (like the view on Sansa, I don’t think she remains passive through the whole story…she gained strength and  it's constantly shown how much she grows, doing the best she can in that nest of vipers) but overall, the point is to discuss the series and realize just how rich the story is. 
If you haven't read the books...WHY NOT?
It's just...
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Anyway, it’s one of those series that enthralls you and transports you to a different time and world. You can see a parallel between Westeros and the medieval era, with all the Lords, the banners and above all the brutality. You get complex characters, not black and white but in several shades of grey. In fact, many characters you may not like in the beginning and came later to realize that they had became one of your favorites (Yep that happened to me. I love Jaime <3 ). 

Then we get the fantasy element in the story. But it’s like it sneaks on us, showing that in that time, people no longer believe in magic or the Others…it’s the stuff of legends and while years back it was a reality, people started to forget or doubt that even existed. Fantasy is not the key element of the story but the characters, and how they react with their world and elements they can't control.

" That’s the thing about fantasy. Set aside the strange trappings, erase the swirl of magic and strike the fairy-tale castles, and you have elves and dwarves, and evil orcs that the author has to make, in the end, human; if the readers cannot identify with the sensibilities of these characters as they react to the pressure of their surroundings, the book, like any book shelved under any label, will fail. "

So I recommend this book to all the fans of this amazing series that are always eager to know more and immerse themselves in it. And of course, besides watching the TV show, it does make the waiting a little more bearable. 

Oh and don’t forget….

“Winter is coming” 



*egalley kindly provided via netgalley in exchange of an honest review