4.15.2015

Waiting on Wednesday:November 9 by Colleen Hoover



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November 9
By: Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance / New Adult





Blurb from Goodreads:

This is a love story between a guy (me) and a girl (Fallon). 
I think. 
Can it even be considered a love story if it doesn’t end with love? 
Mysteries end when the mystery is solved. 
Biographies end when the life story has been told. 
Love stories should end with love, right? 
Maybe I’m wrong, then. Maybe this isn’t a love story. If you ask me…I’d say this might even be considered a tragedy. 
Whatever it is—however it ends—I promised I would tell it. So without further ado.

Once upon a time…I met a girl. 
The girl.

What are you waiting for???

4.13.2015

Review:The Thorn and the Sinking Stone by C.J. Dushinski

The Thorn and the Sinking Stone by C.J. Dushinski

  • Pub. Date:March 10, 2015
  • Publisher:Entangled Teen
  • Pages:247
  • Rating:4/5 
  • Goodreads/Amazon



Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape…

Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth's Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future…

To avenge his father's death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know.

But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love… 
First Line:"Finn "Lucky" Leold was murdered in the street."

Review: The Thorn and the Sinking Stone was a pleasantly surprising read for me. I saw a whole lot of it being compared to Romeo and Juliet so I was expecting insta-love and both characters killing each other off etc luckily that wasn't the case. This book had to do with warring family gangs, in this one it specifically focusing on the Daggers and the Roses. It's also set in a dystopian world where there are people who have powers and there were bad-asses riding motorcycles and a "Princess" who knew how to wield a Katana and see seconds into the future.

As far as the romance aspect of the book, I don't want to call what Sebastian and Rose had was insta-love just because they had a brief history together from a moment they shared when they were kids and because of that they were hesitant to kill each other off when pitted against the other by there families. Nor were they trusting of each other in the beginning either although deep down they both held on to a memory that made them care for the other. I personally loved the two together.

There is another aspect to the story that made the book interesting which was the Cursed people. That is what the government called those with special abilities. If one was found to be Cursed they were hauled off by the Watchmen and imprisoned and a good chance killed depending on a few things. I do wish we learned more about the Cursed in terms of what happened to them after they were captured we only saw bits and pieces of it so I didn't feel that part was developed well or maybe there is going to be a second book and we will learn more about what happens.

Now on to the world building, I wish it was more developed, I get that they lived in Rain City but I wanted to know more about it, who ran it for example. Yes you have the four gang royal families but they don't actually run things so who controls the Watchmen? Who in government is behind it all? Also would have loved to know more about the culture in Rain City it felt like we were just thrown into it. Then there was the Cursed, what happened that some have special abilities and how did they let people who have none overpower them. Honestly there are a lot of questions that were not answered at all and the world as a whole needed some serious in-depth development.

 Minus the world building issue I had, I actually enjoyed the book for what it was. I liked the dual point of views, that always helps me connect with the characters better, I liked that Valencia was a strong heroine and Sebastian was a good guy and they both were complex characters that were very likable. Overall it was a fun read and hopefully if there is a second book which I'm assuming there is with the way it ended, that things will be more developed and thoroughly explained.


Memorable Quotes 

~"Life is complicated enough with love, best leave hate well enough alone."


~"Our reality was this: we were enemies caught in our parents' war, trapped in a desperate situation where desperate people did desperate things."


4.10.2015

Review: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Rock Hard by Nalini Singh



In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past… 

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.


If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.
First Line:"Charlotte closed the final updated folder with a smile."

Review: Why was I not aware Nalini Singh is writing contemporary! Rock Hard is actually the second book in her Rock Kiss series, I have not read the first book but seeing how Rock Hard was about a completely different couple it didn't make much of a difference, although I do wish I knew more about Molly's situation ( character from the first book ) she is Charlie's best friend so we do see quite a bit of her in Rock Hard.

Gabriel is a very very patient man. He had an idea of what happened in Charlie's past so he took his sweet time breaking down Charlie's walls and I loved him so much for that. Charlie lives in a world of fear which prevents her from really living. She hasn't healed from the damage done to her in the past and she likes to stay invisible. Charlie was an admirable character. She is a survivor, for her to go through the hell she went through she had a lot of inner-strength which even she didn't know she had until Gabriel her T-Rex of a boss brought it out of her. I really liked Charlie but Gabriel was the star of this book he was just really the perfect alpha male who went for what he wanted which made him the success that he was but he was also so caring and loyal I couldn't get enough of him.

The romance was sweet. Like I said it took awhile before things got hot and steamy between the two but the lead up to it was so very fun. I highly enjoyed the banter between them especially the more Charlie broke out of her mousey shell the more I loved them together. Things did get pretty serious towards the second half or so of the book when it concentrated more on Charlie and her past along with Gabriel and his father issues.

Overall Rock Hard had everything I enjoy in a contemporary romance. Even now I'm still swooning over Gabriel.


Memorable Quotes 

~"Ms. Baird, why are you staring at me as if I'm killing baby kittens?"


~"There's nothing wrong with caring for the people we love; the problem only comes when it's one person giving all the time. When it goes both ways, you have love."

4.08.2015

Waiting on Wednesday:Reawakened by Colleen Houck



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Reawakened
By: Colleen Houck

Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Fantasy




Blurb from Goodreads:

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.
 


What are you waiting for???

4.06.2015

Review:The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace


Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.
First Line:"Johanna could feel it."

Review: I love fantasy so when I got the chance to get my hands on The Storyspinner I jumped on it and I was not disappointed. It did take me a good minute to really get into the book I think it wasn't until I got to about the thirty percent mark before I couldn't tear myself away from it and it's not that it was slow or boring but the book has several point of views and even though all the point of views were interesting it took me longer to connect with the characters. One thing I was happy about was that even though there are quite a few point of views it only followed two plot lines and by the end of the book it all comes together.

I really loved Johanna and Rafi's point of view more then any of the other characters. Their story line was the most interesting to me. These two met under pretty horrible circumstances but it was so much fun seeing the two slowly come around and go from hating each other to tolerating each other to eventually more. They both were very well developed and had many layers to them and I can't wait to see more of them in the next book.

The book also followed the Keepers. We had three different point of views from that end and each one played an important role in helping us understand the world they came from and their magic. My favorite out of them had to be Pira and Leao they actually had their own little romance developing which was fun to read about since they started off not really liking each other very much either.

The Storyspinner definitely had it's share of deaths. Wallace is one of those authors that is not afraid to kill off characters and out of all of the murders there was one that even now I'm just so shocked...like did she really just kill them off...needless to say it's pretty gut wrenching and you really feel for the one person who was the most affected by it in the book.

Overall The Storyspinner had a little bit of everything that really makes me fall in love with a novel and I can't wait for the next book.

Memorable Quotes 

~"You are so much more than just a Performer."


~"Whenever you're around, I seem destined for injury."

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