Review: Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks. 
First Line: "Once upon a time nine years ago, to be exact I didn't know anything about the Family Business."

Review: I was so excited to read this. First off a title like Hold Me Like a Breath grabbed my attention because that's a very interesting play on words and it got me curious about the book. Then when you read the blurb and see it's about crime families and about the black market of organ transplants I was seriously thrilled to read it. Unfortunately I didn't fall in love with it as I had hoped, still liked it but it could have been so much more.

So after I was done reading this I came to find out that this is a retelling of The Princess and the Pea, and I can see that now that I reflect back on it. Penelope is fragile. She can't be touched by anything because she can easily bruise to the point where it is life threatening, which in turn also means she barely ever gets to step outside of her home so you would assume when things get crazy and for the first time she finds herself on her own in the real world she would be pretty disoriented right, well she wasn't. Which is where I had a problem she adjusted so quickly that it was unrealistic, I felt for someone so sheltered she should have had a much harder time figuring things out.

I liked the whole crime aspect of it, which of course is why I picked up the book and what had me turning the pages because there is one thing in this book that would have easily made me dnf it and it was the insta-love. At first I liked the Penelope and Garret relationship and even now I still like Garret over our stalker/insta-love/predictable character Char. Right off the bat I figured him out so when that twist came it wasn't news to me and then the insta-love really killed it for me. Honestly, everything about Char and Penelope together brought the book down for me, otherwise I probably would have rated it close to five stars. I just really did not like the two together, there was no chemistry, it felt forced and I was seriously shipping Penelope and Garret and Char came and ruined it. To be honest, I really do want to see what happens next but I can't...just can't deal with Char and Penelope as a couple.

Overall I liked the concept and was really into the book until the insta-love.

Memorable Quotes:

~"You've got to pick your battles, Pen, but then fight to the death for the ones that matter. This matters."


Review: Fair Game by Monica Murphy

Fair Game by Monica Murphy

  • Pub. Date: May 12, 2015
  • Publisher: Self Pub
  • Pages:315
  • Rating:4/5 
  • Series: The Rules #1
  • Goodreads/Amazon

Bad enough Jade Frost’s boyfriend drags her to a boring poker game. Even worse that he actually threw her into the betting pot during an intense round…and lost. Talk about the perfect excuse for Jade to make him her ex-boyfriend.

Now she supposedly belongs to the ultra rich, extremely gorgeous Shep Prescott. He could have anything he wants yet he seems to be in hot pursuit of her. No matter how rude, how snarky, how impossible she acts, it doesn’t stop him. More like her horrible behavior seems to make him want her more.

When she finds herself starting to fall for him, Jade’s confused. There’s more to Shep than the carefree rich charmer he portrays. No way could he want a serious relationship with her…or could he? 
First Line: "I hate Shepard Prescott."

Review:  I just recently discovered Monica Murphy and I'm so glad I came across her books because wow I loved Fair Game. The characters held my attention till the very end. Shep and Jade together led to some sexy and funny moments, they were just adorable together and what I loved was that Murphy gave us point of views from both characters which really helped especially in Sheps case because I probably wouldn't have liked him much if we only had Jade's perspective but thanks to his p.o.v I loved him.

No insta-love thank goodness, although there was an attraction between the two from the get-go, but the romance between the two was a slow burn and happened in a realistic time frame. 

Was there cliche moments...yes. Did it follow your typical man-whore guy falling for a girl he never would and changing his way for her...yes BUT it was still an addictive read because Murphy knows how to write great characters with some laugh out loud moments mixed within. So if you love New Adult Romance check this one out. 

There are three books in the series each one about a different couple and I can't wait to read Gabe's and Tristan's stories.

Memorable Quotes:

~"Her hair is like fire. Vibrant and bright, wild and freeI sound like a fucking poet in my head."

~"He should be drinking cheap beer like everyone else but nooo. He's Shepard Prescott, special snowflake."


Review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster. 

Review: That cover is just breathtaking isn't it? I love re-tellings it's always fun to see how someone interprets a classic and makes it their own and the writing for A Thousand Nights was beautiful. I felt like I was sitting around a story-teller and they were telling me about a tale of a brave girl who sacrificed herself because of the love she had for her family.

I've seen a lot of people comparing this to The Wrath of Dawn, but I personally haven't read that book yet so I really can't compare the two.

A few things that had me knock down a couple of stars for the book was the lack of names and romance. Besides Lo-Melkhiin, we don't know anyone's name, including the main character. Everyone was referred to as Sister, Sisters-Mother, Father's Father's Father etc and it all became a little annoying since it was a mouthful to say on repeat. The only name we knew was Lo-Melkhiin. As for the romance I expected a little something, maybe a point of view of the actual Lo-Melkhiin that was trapped with the demon and him falling for his bride, the anguish and sadness he must be dealing with...something.

I did like the protagonist because of what she did for her sister without even thinking twice about it, along with how even after being taken by the demon king and being stuck in the qasr away from her family and not knowing when death will come for her she thought about protecting the women in the qasr from the evil that was within Lo-Melkhiin. She didn't care about her own death all she cared to do no matter where she went was protect the innocent and I couldn't help but admire her for that.

Overall A Thousand Nights is a magical tale about a magical girl who fights for the ones she loves all while trying to save her kingdom from the evil demon king. 

If romance is important to you then this isn't for you or if you feel the no-name thing will bug you I suggest stay clear of this one otherwise give it a try.


Review:Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.

Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.

But leading a double life isn't easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London's slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city's criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.

Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?
First Line: "Lord Huntington made his way through the crowded ballroom with the poise and elegance of an over-fattened Christmas goose."

Review: I had high hopes for Tangled Webs seeing how it was based in the eighteenth century which is a time period I love to read about and it had to do with a bad-ass female heroine, well that is where I felt a little let down. Lady A was not as bad-ass as I expected her to be. She is described to be the most notorious blackmailer, but I didn't get that from her character. She was the middleman in a bigger scheme of things and she actually doesn't like the life she was living and wants out.

What I did like about Arista was that she was a good and loyal friend. I loved how she treated Becky which made her likeable since I wasn't so thrilled with her Lady A persona. Another character I liked was Arista's partner in crime Nic the friendship between them was interesting I just wish Nic was better developed.

There was romance, but I was not feeling it. It had the insta-love feel to it and to a point I tried to let it go based on the fact that it was written in the eighteenth-century time period and things did move along rather quickly when it came to relationships back in those days, but I didn't really care for Grae either, he was not interesting and felt underdeveloped. I don't see what Arista could have possibly seen in him.

Overall Tangled Webs even with all its flaws was a fast read, but I don't see myself picking up the next book in the series.


DNF: The Cage by Megan Shepherd

The Cage by Megan Shepherd

  • Pub. Date: May 26, 2015
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray
  • Pages:400
  • Goodreads/Amazon

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?
First Line: There are certain things the mind cannot comprehend.

Review: DNF at page 100.

I really tried to read The Cage, but it literally started becoming a chore to read. I read a hundred pages and I was hoping that it would get better, but I have found myself completely irritated. I don't like the main character but had hopes maybe another character would grow on me since there are multiple points of views, but I'm not a fan of any of them, I'm having a very hard time connecting with anyone.

Some of the things that annoyed me about Cora was how she kept thinking she would be rescued because she was some rich politician's daughter and that eventually the entire country will be looking for her etc. and then when she finds out she has been kidnapped by some creepy alien (whom you can tell in some disturbing way she is attracted to and I spot a love triangle coming) and is no longer on earth she still thinks she is going to escape...unless she or any of the other kids who have been abducted know how to fly a spaceship and figure out where in the universe they are I highly doubt that is going to happen. 

I felt some of the conversations amongst the characters were a little unrealistic for the scenario they were in. One example would be early on in the book Nok, the other girl, has the time to talk to Cora about Lucky being cute and what kind of guys she likes. So let me get this straight you have been abducted your terrified but you have the time to talk about boys.

Another issue I had was the point of views, if it wasn't for the fact that each new chapter was labeled with who's point of view we were about to get I wouldn't have a clue who it was, the characters all sounded the same.

Overall not for me.

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