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Review: Angelfire by Hanna Peach + Giveaway

December 31, 2012 Aman 3
Title: Angelfire
Author: Hanna Peach
Published: Self | Nov, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Series: Dark Angel
    Angelfire
    Angelstone 

    Synopsis (from Goodreads):
    An army of angels walk among us. They have kept us safe and ignorant, so far.

    Earthbound for centuries and ruled by the Elders, they have established hidden cities, a society and The Code: obey your Elders, kill all demons, eliminate Rogue-angels, protect the mortals, remain hidden. Their warriors are the ungifted earthborn angels armed with blades and the ‘borrowed magics’ of distilled angel-blood tattoos.

    Alyxandria is a young warrior with a fondness for customized knives and illegal night-races. If only she could overcome the taint of her parents who abandoned her to become Rogues.

    When Alyx saves Israel, a gifted mortal with a past, she is forbidden to see him again. But she can’t help herself, drawn to him through their Guardian-bond, an ancient and long-forgotten bond; if he dies, she dies.

    An encounter with a handsome Rogue leaves Alyx questioning all she has been taught to believe. Alyx begins to dig into the Elders’ secrets. Two thousand years of secrets that begin with the death of the Archangel Raphael. She is not prepared when she uncovers an Elder’s dark plan.

    Somewhere on earth is a key to unlock hell. Somewhere on earth are pieces of an amulet that controls Lucifer and his army. Somehow Israel is the link and now both sides are after him. Who can Alyx trust when Good and Evil is no longer clear?

    The war for earth begins.

     Review:

          Oh. My. Goodness! I wasn't expecting to love it this much. Angelfire by Hanna Peach is a shockingly great book with a very well thought out world building. I was a little skeptical going into the book because it has third person narrative, and I'm not the biggest fan of that, they tend to be very challenging, and if not done right, straight-out confusing, but that was not the case with this book. I loved the writing, it was clean, simple, and very addictive. In one word, Angelfire was phenomenal.

          Alyx is a lightwarrior (a Seraphim which is another word for Angel) who fights Darkened, demons possessed in a mortal's body. She is the best amongst her group, and besides the basic magic like fire, water, etc, she is gifted with special visions which makes other people very judgmental towards her. The lightwarriors use specific magic by getting a Bloodink related to that particular magic tattooed on their body. That is the only tiny part of the story that is not original, rest assured everything else is unique, well researched, and highly entertaining. There is so much action & mystery going on in every part of the story, and it's interesting to watch everything blend together perfectly at the end.

          Angelfire is a take on Angel/Demon mythology. The world created by the author is one of the strongest points of the story, and it was my favorite part, but the back-story of how everything came to be was a bit hazy. We know parts of it, and in specific I'm referring to the Elder's (Head of the lightwarriors) history which was not clear, and did cause some confusion, but that's just minor. The main focus of this novel was for Alyx to find out the truth about the things she has been taught since childhood, discover the lies that had been sewn by the Elders , and to start making right choices for herself. I adored Alyx, she was very strongheaded, she knew the difference between right & wrong, and was not afraid to fight for what she wanted. I can't wait to read more about her, and after that ending, you bet her journey will be something to watch out for.

          Overall, I'm so happy to have read this book, it was my last book of 2012, and what a great way to end it. Angelfire is highly recommended to fans of Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare or anyone who likes a different take on Angels & Demons. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed it.


    A Copy was provided by the author for an honest review. (Thanks You!)


    About the Author
    Hanna Peach 

    A writer of fantastical things, especially stories with fangs, magic or wings.
    I want to tell you tales that will rip away the glamour from your life, keep you running and fighting and gasping long past the devil’s hour and maybe, just maybe, reality will look a little bit different when you return.
    Sit with me around this witchlight. Let me tell you a story. 

    Find Hanna on: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

    Excerpt
     
    “I am looking to trade.” Alyx holds up a handful of pouches, all full of gold.

    The RaceKeeper makes a noise under his breath. “And what might I have that you would be interested in? You aren’t looking to trade for the little Sparrow again are you?”

    “I want information.”

    “What kind of information?”

    “I know you have Rogues in this crowd.”

    He makes a non-committal noise.

    “Which means you must have access to their community. I want to know,” Alyx pauses, taking a breath, “I want to know where my parents are.”

    “Your parents? I see. But why are you so interested now, Bullet?”

    “That is none of your business.”

    “Hmmm.” The RaceKeeper takes a long languid puff from his pipe and blows smoke rings towards her face. She grits her teeth and instructs herself not to react. She needs his information. “You have discovered the truth about them have you?”
    Her world stops. He knows too. Has he known all along? Does everyone know but her?

    “You know about them?”

    “My dear, I never accept competitors for my races without a full investigation into their past. You do have some interesting demons in your closet don’t you? Poor Symon must have a rough time keeping you under control.”

    Alyx clenches her fists. What else does he know about her?

    “I will pay you for what you know.” Alyx throws the pouches at the RaceKeeper’s feet.

    The RaceKeeper pokes them with his pipe. He picks one up with his chubby fingers, shakes it, opens it and pulls out a coin. He lifts the coin to his face and it disappears in the blackness. Then he pulls it back out to study it.

    There is now a small mark on the coin. He has bitten it, checking that they are pure gold. Pure gold is so soft that teeth can dent it.

    “You don’t trust me RaceKeeper?”
     
    “Just business my dear. Don’t take it personally.”

    He pulls out another coin, bites, studies, and pulls out another. He does this with all of the coins.

    Finally he puts down the last pouch. “Is this all your parents are worth?”

    Alyx struggles to hold down the bile that rises in her throat. She pushes her fist into her jacket pocket and pulls out her last four pouches. She throws them on the pile at his feet. All of her savings.

    “Holding out on me I see?” The RaceKeeper laughs. “I accept your offer.” He takes another toke of his pipe. “Now, I have good news and I have bad news for you. Which one do you want to hear first? I recommend the good news.”

    He is enjoying this. Alyx wants to kick him in his flabby gut, which is spilling out over his purple drawstring pants, but she restrains herself.

    “The bad news.”

    Giveaway

    Hanna is offering one winner an ecopy of her debut novel, Angelfire. Open Intl.
    Just fill out the form below.
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    2012 DNF Pile

    December 30, 2012 Aman 0
    I don't post my DNF review on my Blog, they are on Goodreads. I feel like if I haven't finished it, I don't get to rate it. Here is the list of Did Not Finish books of 2012.

    I just realized that most of them are the ones that were loved by almost everyone but me. 
    Anyway, here it goes!


    The Sea of Tranquility
    Katja Millay

    I tried. I really did. I couldn't finish it, I was waiting for the story to move forward, but I guess it was too slow for my taste. 

    Natsya was very very quite person, mute basically. People said that her thoughts very funny or the way she judged people was intriguing, but for me it was more boring. I wasn't interested in knowing her story, so maybe that could be the main reason I didn't like this book. 

    Josh, on the other hand, was my favorite character. He was a, I want to say carpenter, but that's just vague. He's in high school, and he makes beautiful wooden furniture. I loved his work, and I loved his passion towards it. But even his talents couldn't negate Natsya's character. 

    Most of the readers loved it, there are a bazillion 5 stars review, so don't let me stop you from reading this book. Give it a try, maybe you'll enjoy it, but it definitely was NOT a book for me.


    Undeniable
    Madeline Sheehan

    It's not a bad book, it's just not something for me. The biker language and lifestyle is not something I was comfortable reading, and the age gap between the characters was a deal breaker for me, but if you can handle that stuff, definitely try this book.

    Warning: This is not a typical love story. This is an all-consuming, soul-crushing, tear-your-heart-into-pieces story. It’s intense, gritty and raw, dark and disturbing, and it doesn’t happen overnight. This is an epic love story that knows no boundaries and has no time limits. It grows and develops—with hurt, sacrifice, and heartache—over the span of a lifetime.


    Moon Called
    Patricia Briggs

    I have been looking for a werewolf book after finishing the ever disappointing Nightshade series. Moon Called being so highly rated was my first choice to read, but it turned out to be another disappointment. Why does this keep happening to me? I liked Mercedes character, her dialogues were refreshing, and very interesting. The thing that didn't work for me was the extremely S L O W pace. I still gave it a try, and was waiting impatiently for something exciting to happen, but halfway through the book I just couldn't take it anymore, therefore it goes in my DNF list. 


    A Lot Like Love
    Julie James

    A Lot Like Love was an unfortunate read, I simple couldn't connect with any character, Jordan was just too unbelievable, and unrealistic whereas Nick was okay, nothing out of the blue. The main reason I was disappointed with this one was because the first one in the series was so good, it had perfect amount of action, and a great sexual chemistry to capture the readers, but it's sequel just lacking everything I loved in the first one. Therefore, a DNF.


    Uses for Boys
    Erica Lorraine Scheidt

    This was not a DNF, but I feel like it should have been. Everything was a mess, the story was forced, the characters were too stupid, and the writing was torturing. I bitched a lot in my Goodreads review, so if you want a rant go here.





    That was all for 2012. What were some of your DNF's?
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    2012 End of Year Book Survey

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    1. Best Book Read in 2012. 
    I can't help by cheat. It's not possible to name one book.

    2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love it, but didn't.
    No doubt in my mind, that book has to be Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay. It was the worst retelling I've ever read.
    3. Most surprising book (in a good way) of 2012.
    On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. The characters were literally role reversed, the girl had issued with commitments, and the guy was determined to work their relationship out. It was unexpected, and Samantha Young did a brilliant job with the story. I simply loved it.
    4. Book you recommended people most in 2012.
    It has to be Easy by Tammara Webber. It is such a beautiful story with a strong message, the characters were so lovable, and you just can't skip this book. A definite must read! 
    5. Best Series you discovered in 2012.
    I'm obsessed with Mara Dyer. I didn't kow why let this series go, it is so freaking good. I t plays with you mind, keeps you up at night, and is so unbelievable addicting. It is also the series I recommended most to people this year.

    Maya Dyer by Michelle Hodkin:
    The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
    The Evolution of Mara Dyer
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    Review: The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

    December 28, 2012 Aman 0
    Title: The Marriage Mistake
    Author: Jennifer Probst
    Published: Gallery Books | Nov 6, 2012
    Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
    Series: Marriage to a Billionaire
      The Marriage Bargain
      The Marriage Trap
      The Marriage Mistake

      Synopsis (from Goodreads):
      Carina Conte has had a crush on her brother Michael’s best friend, Max Gray, since she was a teenager. Now she’s earned her MBA and come to work at Michael’s new venture, America’s fastest-growing bakery empire. But some things never change: her family still treats her like a child. With three drop-dead gorgeous siblings, she’s still the ugly duckling of the bunch. And Max, the company’s new CEO, still barely notices her.

      Max knows Carina Conte is strictly off limits. But hot-blooded lust wins out at a conference when the two share a scorching one-night stand—and are busted by her mother! Now, forced by old-world Italian tradition into a marriage he’s not ready for, Max is miserable—and Carina is furious. Her new husband is about to realize that hell hath no fury like a woman transformed….

      Review:

           What is happening to this series? I loved the first book, the second one was average, and this one is a huge disappointment, which is not something you would expect if you've read The Marriage Bargain. The first book, The Marriage Bargain was killer, the best in the lot yet, and I was hoping The Marriage Mistake to be just as good, but unfortunately it didn't meet the bar.

           The Marriage Mistake opens 3 years after The Marriage Trap; Carina has graduated with an MBA, and is ready to work in Michael's US bakery, Le Corte Maggie. In the previous book, Carina was a shy, overly emotional, innocent virgin, but in The Marriage Mistake she showed a new side of her personality. She is grown up, ready to explore her wicked sexual desire, and is not hanging on to Max anymore. I loved the new change, she was independent, strong, and fearless, and not to forget my favorite part about her, extremely playful & flirtatious. I adored Carina, she teased & challenged Max to the extremes, and was ready to take the brunt, which usually involved some hot steamy kisses.

           Max is Micheal's best friend, and runs the US headquarters of Micheal's bakery empire. He is also Carina's mentor for a period as long as she'd settled in her new surroundings. I didn't like Max at all, I wished he would stop treating Carina as his sister, and just let her have some fun. It was getting very annoying with he way he regretted his intentions after their kisses; if you want it then take it, just stop with the brotherly act.
                  
           The major reason I didn't love this book, besides Max, was that their marriage took way too long to happen. The whole theme of this series is getting married under unnatural circumstances, and then somehow realize that it is a meant-to-be together relation with love & happy endings, but in The Marriage Mistake the story took way too long to get to that point (more than halfway), and when it did happen, it was a ridiculous scenario. It just seemed that the author couldn't find any other reason for them to be married, and just made a something so unbelievable that I basically hated the book after that part.

           The Marriage Mistake is a very playfully fun teasing book in the beginning, but then it takes a downfall, and stays there. I was not happy with this installment, the only good thing about the story was that it was the steamiest in the series so read it for that. The Marriage Bargain is still my absolute favorite, and read that book if you haven't read the series. I'm looking forward to Juliette & Sawyers book, it isn't announced yet, but I'm hoping theirs will be next because I really like the nerdy-playboy couple.

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      Holiday ebook SALE!

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      The Post-Christmas Holiday Book Sale, hosted by the Indie Book Festival, will kick off on December 28 and run through December 31. All books will be .99!! The Indie Book Festival will be posting the participating books to their Facebook page as well.

      The Indie Book Festival website is the premier online website for seasonal ebook sales events! From Halloween to Valentine's Day – we'll celebrate it by bringing you bestselling books by today’s hottest Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal and Young Adult indie authors.


      You can also enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card now!
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      Feature & Follow (15)

      December 27, 2012 Aman 22
      Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by

      Q: What book do you think everyone should read, if you could gift the entire population with one book?
      Besides the obvious choice Easy by Tammara Webber
      I would give everyone with a copy of On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves.
       Both the books are one of The Best Contemporaries released this year. 
      I highly recommend it.
      PS: I know I totally cheated.

      What book would you recommend me?
      Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to leave a link. 
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      Review: The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst

      December 26, 2012 Aman 2
      Title: The Marriage Trap
      Author: Jennifer Probst
      Published: Gallery Books | Oct 12, 2012
      Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
      Series: Marriage to a Billionaire
          The Marriage Bargain
          The Marriage Trap
          The Marriage Mistake 

          Synopsis (from Goodreads):
          WIFE WANTED…

          Italian billionaire seeks faux fiancée. Willing to agree to anything in return...

          In order for his sister to marry, Italian billionaire Michael Conte has to find himself a bride – and fast! When he learns that photographer Maggie Ryan is going to be in Milan, Michael hatches a plan to introduce her to his family as his “fiancée.” Never mind that Maggie is confident, independent, and a control freak. Never mind that she’s everything he doesn’t want in a wife… and everything he wants in his bed!

          Convinced that Michael is in love with her married gal pal, Maggie agrees to keep up the ruse if he’ll keep away from her friend. Besides, she’s not attracted to charming, ridiculously hot billionaires who drive her nuts. Once they’re in Italy, however, everything changes – and the sexual tension between Maggie and Michael goes from simmer to naked nuclear meltdown!

          But have they found the perfect arrangement… or are they trapped in a make-believe marriage?

          Review:

                Overly Dramatic Soap Opera. That is the best way to describe The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst. Not the bad kind, the kind that is entertaining & fun in the beginning, and then after a while you wonder if there is something else to the story. I loved the first one in the series, The Marriage Bargain because I deeply connected with the characters, and could feel their emotions, but in The Marriage Trap I didn't like Maggie, therefore I never connected with her. The one thing that made the story likable was Michael, and his Italian traditions. I loved his parts, and his family reminded me of my family. I know some traditions sounded old school, but I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. 

                Michael has a very well established bakery empire in Italy, and now he is opening a branch in America. He met Maggie through his partner, Nick, and had one disastrous date with her. We didn't know what took place that night, just that they didn't connected & someone rejected someone. Maggie still thinks that Michael is interested in Alexa, and when Michael proposes her to accompany him to Italy as a pretentious wife for his family, she jumps in on the plan with one condition, him staying away from Alexa.

                Maggie is Nick's sister, and a very well known photographer, but she is a loner. She had a lonely childhood with no parental love or anyone to guide her, and due to that she has a very guarded personality. I get why she was that way, but the thing that annoyed be about her was her doubts, and random mood swings. In the beginning everything was justifiable, but after a while I grew tired of her character, I wanted her to grow up & change, but that didn't happen sooner.

                The one person who saved the book for me was Michael Conte. He is a natural charmer with pirate looks, but the best part about him was that he was a family oriented person. He loved his family, and was extremely loyal towards them, and not to forget he genuinely respected his Italian cultures. I couldn't have loved him anymore, he was perfect. I don't think Maggie was the perfect choice for Michael, he was honest towards her & never lied, but she played with him & constantly made ridiculous accusations. At one point I wished he would leave her, and move one.

                I'm confused about how to rate this book, I loved Michael, but couldn't stand Maggie, I loved the Italian experience, but this book lacked heat, therefore I'm neutral with The Marriage Trap. If you like coincidental or pretentious relationship then you should definitely check it out, it is highly recommended. Besides Maggie & Michael, we got to see glimpses of Carine & Max who will be the lead of the next book. I really like Carina so far, and I'm praying her book would be atleast steamier than this one.


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          Review: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

          December 24, 2012 Aman 2
          Title: Fallen Too Far
          Author: Abbi Glines
          Published: Self | Dec 14, 2012
          Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
          Series: Fallen Too Far
            Fallen Too Far
            Never Too Far
            To want what you’re not supposed to have…

            She is only nineteen.

            She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

            She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

            But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

            Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

            Blaire just may have fallen too far.

            Review:

                  Oh. My. Goodness! It is so messed up, and so unbelievable good that I can't even describe the feeling I got after finishing this story. I was a little skeptical going into the novel in the beginning because the main characters are related, but not by blood, still it was very weird for me to picture them as a couple. What can I say, I'm addicted to Abbi, and whatever she writes, I will read it.

                  Rush, which is the best name a guy can have, is the son of a famous rock band drummer, so you know he's got the look. The tattoo, the piercing, the body, the sex appeal, the money, he's got it all. He lives in a huge mansion, and has a different girl every night. It was kind of unbelievable how quickly he changed that for Blaire, but it made sense after the ending. Blair is a pure country girl, simple, hardworking, naturally beautiful, and even caries a gun. I was in love with her after the gun part, strong, independent women are my favorite. The girl had such a tough life, her mother recently died due to cancer, so she had to move in with her dad, and that's how she met Rush. 

                  Blaire & Rush belong to complete opposite worlds, she's sweet & pure, and he's a dirty player, but somehow they connected. Fallen Too Far is probably the steamiest Abbi Glines book ever; Rush was so freaking Hot and smexy, but the best thing about him was that he was loyal towards his family & Blaire. There were so many awe-worthy moments specially the ending. I even cried reading that part, I knew what was going to happen, but I just couldn't take it. In a way what happened was perfect for the book because lets be real, it needed to happen. I'm still sad though. I love you, Rush Finlay. You are perfect.

                 Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines was phenomenal, and a definite Must Read. If you have the same doubts I had, then don't let it stop you from reading this book, it is so worth it. I loved every single thing about the book, and can I just say that I hated Blaire's father. That man is a coward jerk, and I just want something bad happen to him in the next book. He deserves it. Bitching aside, I can't wait to read Never Too Far. The wait is going to kill me, and something tells me, it would be a romantic one.


            PS: After finishing this book, go here to read an excerpt of Fallen Too Far from Rush's POV. You don't want to miss it.
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            Review: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

            December 22, 2012 Aman 3
            Title: Meant to Be
            Author: Lauren Morrill
            Published: Delacorte Books | Nov 13, 2012
            Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
            Synopsis (from Goodreads):
            Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

            It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

            But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

            Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

            Review:

            MTB is, hands down, The Best Chick Lit I've read this year! Just So adorable!

                  I called it Chick Lit and not contemporary because it was very sweet, and romantic without any major angst or drama, and for me personally, that would be a Chick Lit even though the main character is a Junior in High School. It had that feeling that I can't describe. Meant to Be has been my most anticipated read, and it exceeded every expectation I had. It had the most weirdest yet interesting characters, and it was a good change after reading about all those bad boys, and whiny girls. I simply loved Meant to Be.

                  Julia is a very nerdy girl, she SAT smart, hyper organized, uses bazillion post-it notes, and highlighters, carries a pocket Shakespeare, and believes in serendipity kind of love, the kind that is meant to be. And for some odd reason, I instantly related to her. I'm none of the above things mentions except I'm smart, I've never read a Shakespeare play, though I admire his work, but I do believe in fated relationships. I do believe that whoever is meant to be your Mr. Right will meet you wherever your are when the time is right, so like Julia I'm not searching him, I'm waiting for him to find me, and that's why I connected with Julia, and loved her to bits. She reminds me of myself a lot.

                  Jason is the type of person who you don't expect to be a main lead of a romance novel. His character reminds me of Ashton Kutcher, he is a little boy in a man's body. He is smart, very charming when he wants to be, but he is very goofy, and does weird stuff in public that might embarrass other people. I wasn't sure about him in the beginning but as the story progressed he kind of grew on me, and I could see him genuinely falling in love.

                  I don't want to give anything away, so I'm not going to discuss the story. Trust me, it's much better when you figure it out as you read. It was surprising, a little shocking at the end, but it was the good kind of shock. If you like Sophie Kinsella, then you should definitely read this book. It is highly recommended to any romance reader. Meant to Be is my unforgettable read, and Lauren Morill surely hit a homerun with this one.


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            Review: Lying in Bed by Jo Leigh

            December 21, 2012 Aman 4
            Title: Lying in Bed
            Author: Jo Leigh
            Published: Harlequin Blaze | Dec 18, 2012
            Genre: Romance, Adult
            Synopsis (from Goodreads):
            Get Intimate: The Workshop Explore sensuality and true intimacy at the luxurious Color Canyon Resort.

            Private assignments include sexy "homeplay" and more…

            The setup was simple. To ferret out a blackmailer, FBI agent Ryan Vail and his partner are going undercover as a couple at an intimacy retreat. But when Ryan wakes to find a replacement "wife" in his bed, he knows he's in big trouble….

            FBI agent Angie Wolf is on the job. Sure, there's a wicked attraction between her and Ryan, but they're professionals. Touching, kissing—it's all part of the sting. But the intimacy retreat is doing its job, because each tension-filled night in bed is blurring the line between truth and lie. Now this investigation has turned into one irresistible temptation!

            Review:

                  Lying in Bed was a surprise for me, I went into thinking it would be like Pamela Clare's I-Team series, with a little FBI action, and a lot of steamy scenes, and that is exactly what I got, and a lot more. I didn't expect to connect or emotional bond with the characters because it is a very small book, but after finishing it, I can safely say that I fell in love with Ryan & Angie. Their chemistry was so spot-on and real that I just can't help loving them, and cheering for their happily ever after.

                  Ryan & Angie are both FBI Special Agents whose new project is to work undercover at a couples retreat spa for a week to fetch out the blackmailer who is looting money from their guests. First of all, I love the idea of them pretending to be a married couple, kissing & touching outside and then fighting off their chemistry under the sheets. It was so exciting, and when they finally let it all go, *sigh* It. Was. Perfect. Ryan is portrayed as a womanizer, but that's not what I saw. I saw a person who is good at his job, and doesn't do long term relations because of the type of work he does. That's pretty much acceptable, and then he meets Angie with whom he connected at a level he never thought existed. Angie is one of the good girl, and I really liked her instantly. She gets Ryan, and not to forget that they already were secretly crushing towards each other, the undercover project just helped matters more.

                  I'm so happy to have read Lying in Bed, it has the perfect balance of romance, and action. I wish it would have been longer because I was so into the story when it ended, and I really wanted an epilogue at the end. Lying in Bed is the perfect evening read, and I know I'll be picking it up again.


            * A Copy was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley for  an honest review. (Thank You!)*
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            99 Authors 99 Books 99 Cents ONE DAY ONLY!

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            Black Friday for the Bookish World!
             It doesn't get better than that!


            Some of the books I'll be buying:

            These prizes are available on Amazon only.
            For a listing of books offered and to enter to win, Click here!!

            Besides these books, there are a lot of other 99 cents books available on Amazon.
            So be sure to check it out. 

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            Feature & Follow (14)

            December 20, 2012 Aman 15
            Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by

            Q: What have you learned from book blogging that you didn't know before about the publishing industry?
            I didn't knew anything about the Publishing industry, so whatever I've learned, it's from blogging, and just casual interaction through the social networks.
            • I didn't knew that you could get a book before it's out, and how willing the Publishers can give you review copies, if you meet their criteria, and sometimes even if you don't, you'll still get it. 
            •  
            • I didn't knew there were successful Self-Published authors, it must be so hard for them.

            Did you knew any of that before?
             Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to leave a link.

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            Early Review: Hooked by Liz Fichera

            December 19, 2012 Aman 8
            Title: Hooked
            Author: Liz Fichera
            Publication: Harlequin Teen | January 31, 2013
            Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
            Series: Hooked
              Hooked
              Played
              Get hooked on a girl named Fred...

              HE said: Fred Oday is a girl? Why is a girl taking my best friends spot on the boy's varsity golf team?

              SHE said: Can I seriously do this? Can I join the boys' team? Everyone will hate me - especially Ryan Berenger.

              HE said: Coach expects me to partner with Fred on the green? That is crazy bad. Fred's got to go - especially now that I can't get her out of my head. So not happening.

              SHE said: Ryan can be nice, when he's not being a jerk. Like the time he carried my golf bag. But the girl from the rez and the spoiled rich boy from the suburbs? So not happening.

              But there's no denying that things are happening as the girl with the killer swing takes on the boy with the killer smile...

              Review:

                   This is not what I expected. Hooked by Liz Fichera seems like playful, teasing, fun book, but what I got was an emotional read with golf lessons. I really liked it a lot, but if I look from the romance perspective, it was a bit lacking in love, and more focused on the drama side.

                   Fred is a Native American girl who is selected to be a part of the Boy's Golf Team, and she is their best player. I loved Fred, her name is actually Fredrika which is so beautiful. She reminded me of Leah from Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols, both of these girls come from a not-so-good background, and had to struggle with their lives, but the one things that's important to them is there passion, in Fred's case it was Golf. She never had any professional training, she learned by observing other people play in the country club, and just adapted to it. Fred is such a strong, courageous person, and doesn't let anyone's catty remarks hurt her.

                   Ryan, on the other hand, comes from a well off family, and is genuinely a very nice guy. Initially he was angry at Fred for taking his best friends position on the team, but once he saw that she was good with her game, he came along. Ryan is a very polite person, he didn't argue a lot, and just goes along with what his friends are doing. At times I was mad at him because he didn't stand up, and fight for what he wanted. I hated his best friend, and I wished Ryan would have smacked him much sooner, it went on way to long, but I'm so happy with how things ended.

                   The only thing that disappointed me throughtout the book was that we didn't get to see Fred & Ryan as a couple. They shared one amazing day which I truly loved, and then they were seperated for most parts of the book. That is where the romance lacking part comes from, I wish there were more dates or more special moments. Fred's part were so emotional, and it really touched me. She was bullied because of her heritage, and her being the only girl golfer, but I'm so glad that she didn't indulge in the comeback, and made it more messier. She did what she loved, and didn't bothered with idiots. I simply adored Fred.

                   Hooked by Liz Fichera is very enjoyable read about two people from different world who connect through Golf. After finishing this book, I can safely say that now I won't make fun of people who play golf because it is a very tough game. Humor aside, I'm glad to have read this book, Liz Fichera did a brilliant job with the story, and I'm looking forward to reading more from her. Hooked is highly recommended, and a must read for contemporary romance readers.


              * A Copy was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley for  an honest review. (Thank You!)*
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              Waiting on Wednesday (15): Dare You To

              December 18, 2012 Aman 4
              Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where bloggers share their most anticipated reads.

              This week I'm waiting on

                Dare You To (Pushing the Limit #2) by Katie McGarry
              Coming out on May 28, 2013
              From Harlequin Teen



              "I dare you..."

              If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

              Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

              But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....


              Why I'm waiting?
              Pushing the Limits was one of my Favorite Debut this year, and I can't wait for it's companion novel to be out.

              Other Books in the series:


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              Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

              December 17, 2012 Aman 3
              Title: Iced
              Author: Karen Marie Moning
              Published: Delacorte Press | October 30, 2012
              Genre: Fantasy
              Series: Dani O'Malley/ Fever #6
                Iced
                Burned
                Flayed

                Synopsis (from Goodreads):
                The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

                Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

                Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

                When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

                Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

                Review:
                I love Dani "Mega" O'Malley! She's The Shit!

                      I'm beating myself for not picking this up sooner, and reading it the day it was out. Why the wait? I loved the Fever world, and it was so energizing to visit it again in Iced. From the first line, I was hooked. Literally. I didn't stop reading it until I finished it, and it is a damn long book, but so f*cking good. I just had to use that word. Dani Mega O'Malley is my favorite character, she tough, strong, and so hilarious. She's a true entertainer, you sure as hell would not be bored reading this book.

                      Iced opens up after Shadowfever, so it has to be read in series or you will be confused throughout the book. We don't get to see a lot of Barrons, but Ryodan totally makes up for it. And then there is Christian, and Dancer, which I'm still wondering what his real name is. Dani is only 14, so there is no romance in the story, its more like who gets to have a claim on her when she is older. It sounds very creepy, but it was actually entertaining reading the guys fight off testosterone.

                      The city of Dublin is getting iced randomly, people frozen between acts and Dani works with Ryodan to solve the mystery, or as she says "forced" to work with him. The best part about Iced was Dani and her narration. It takes time to get used to it because it is kind of childish compared to Mac's, but it was well suited for Dani. Along with the investigation, she is still running her paper, The Dani Daily, which was my favorite parts to read, and guess what (little spoiler ahead) someone plagiarizes it (end of spoiler). Simply hilarious. There are moments in this book that cracks you up, and most of them are Dani's reaction to something or other. I'm obsessed with Dani, she'd all tough on the outside but so pure inside.

                      Some things that did bother me at times was the change of narration; it wasn't abrupt, it just took a while to guess the narrator. I don't know why Kat's POV or her storyline was added, I didn't particularly liked her parts, and mostly skimmed it. Dani was much more interesting, and Kat just wasn't.

                      Iced by Karen Marie Moning is highly recommended, start with the Fever series thought. How else can I describe this book? It was entertaining, brilliant, amazing, fantabulous, hilarious, and a must read. It might not have a lot of romance, but it's got enough heat. Ryodan is one yummy man! That's who I'm rooting for, and Dancer. He's so smart, and mysterious, I like him too! The wait for the next book is going to kill me, it needs to come out soon, I need more Mega.



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                Review: From Ashes by Molly McAdams

                December 15, 2012 Aman 5
                Title: From Ashes
                Author: Molly McAdams
                Published: William Morrow paperbacks; Dec 11, 2012
                Genre: Romance, NA 
                Synopsis (from Goodreads):
                When Cassidy Jameson's best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she's only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there's something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can't explain, only problem? He's always telling Tyler that he doesn't want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

                Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he'd called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn't care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty's Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

                For a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage's arms. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start a relationship both have been craving since their first meeting. But when an accident and disaster sends her back to Tyler and California, will Cassidy be able to come face to face with the demons from her past to live a life she and Gage deserve; or will the fact that she once again ran to Tyler be the final push that ends Cassidy and Gage for good?

                Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

                Review:
                Hot Damn! I need to find myself a southern man!

                     Let me clear the air by saying that whatever the cover suggest, From Ashes by Molly McAdams does not have any kind of cheating involved, and that was one of my biggest concern reading this story. I'm so, so happy after finishing it, the story ends at a very positive note, and it is such a good learning experience. Initially, it reminded me of Because of Low, just because how the characters were acting, but From Ashes is much more serious and emotional book. It has plenty of steamy & swoon-wothy scenes, but we also get to see an insight into the abusers life, and more importantly the after effects and the coping process. 

                     From Ashes sounds like a tear-jerker book, but it is not. I never once cried reading it, the best thing about this book was that it was focused more on the positive aspect rather than the reliving or rehashing the abusive part. It was more of moving on, and happy ending kind of a book, the process was painful though. Cassidy has been abused physically by the parents for 12 years, and the only stable person in her life was Tyler, her rock. After she turned 18, they both move to Austin, texas to live with Tyler's cousin, Gage. Then all the fun began.

                     Gage is THE PERFECT Gentleman. He is so polite yet so freaking hot the next moment. I loved that he took stand when need, and didn't force anything. He's definitely a catch. Gage & Cassidy have an insta attraction, but none of them acted towards it for a very long time. Part of the reason for the delay was Tyler, and I get the connection Cassidy has with him because he's always been there for her, but I just wished he never existed in the picture. I hate him so much (Read the book, and you might feel the same way). People like him are manipulative cowards, I just wanted to smack him tightly for what he did in the beginning. He was disgusting. That's all.

                     Cassidy is so strong, and I applaud her for going through the horror, and turning up so positive. With positive, it doesn't mean she was all happy & haha, it means that she didn't let that thing cloud her judgement or disorient her in any way. She was a good person, and I loved that she found Gage. They were so perfect together, there were moments where I felt that they should talk about everything, and don't let a simple misunderstanding get between them, but they, its life, those things happens. And his family was so loving, it doesn't get better than that. Gage is a romantic, and he proved that part in the end. The last 20% or so was my favorite, and I was like reading a full on romance novel.

                     I'm so freaking happy to have found this book. Normally I don't read books with series issues because it breaks my heart, but From Ashes made me happy, and gave me hope. I loved it so much! Everyone needs to read this book, it is a little long, but so worth your time. Molly Adams is me new favorite author, and I can't wait to read more by her. 




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                Early Review: One More Kiss by Katherine Gabera

                December 14, 2012 Aman 0
                Title: One More Kiss
                Author: Katherine Gabera
                Publication: Harlequin Blaze; Dec 18, 2012
                Genre: Romance, Adult
                Synopsis (from Goodreads):
                One taste isn't enough…Since her divorce, cupcake queen Alysse Dresden prefers baking over boys…until a phone order from a sexy-voiced stranger melts her insides like butter. It isn't until Alysse makes the delivery in person that she realizes—too late—that the only man who can do that is her ex-husband….

                After Marine Corps ace Jay Michener walked out on his weeklong marriage, he never stopped thinking of Alysse. Wanting her. And with his reenlistment only weeks away, he wants a second chance.

                But Alysse has plans of her own—and if the way into a guy's heart is through his stomach, maybe the way out of it is through his bed!
                Review:

                     One More Kiss is about second chances in love. Jay and Alysse were married for a week in Vegas, got a divorce, and never saw each other for four years. The Vegas marriage thing wasn't even that important in the book, the whole focus was that Jay left her while she was asleep like a coward, and never contacted or explained about his abrupt leave to Alysse.

                     Jay is a marine, and kind of a loner, so I get why he would leave Alysse in the beginning, and now wants to have a second chance at first love. It was a very romantic story, and I was rooting for them to work their issues, and get back together. I felt for Alysse throughout the book, there was always the fear of him leaving again, and I did cry with her at times, but nevertheless I fell in love with their story. The one thing that really annoyed me was the ending. I hated what happened, and it was too immature of Jay to act that way, and expect things to be okay after a few days. Mistakes are made once, not again, and again. I get that the author was going for a happy ending, but she should have given Jay & Alysse some time to think things through. Either that or Alysse was a very easy person.

                     One More Kiss was a fast, fun read, and I'm happy to have given it a chance. I loved Katherine Gabera's writing, it made very easy to get into the story, and relate to the characters. The cover does promises an overly steamy read, and we did got some but not what I expected. I would recommend romance readers to give this book a try. I'll be looking forward to more books by the author.


                *A Copy was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley for an honest review. (Thanks You!)* 

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                Feature & Follow (13)

                December 13, 2012 Aman 14
                Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

                Q: What is the last book that made you cry? Tell us about the scene.

                I'm not a big crier, and usually I tend to stay away from tear-jerker books, but once in a while I do pick them up. The last book that made me cry like a baby was 
                Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson. 

                 Read my review here.

                The story was about two college lovers who separated when the girl was pregnant because the guy was more focused on his career, and didn't wanted to settle down. They meet after 5 years when the guy realized what he has lost, and tries to get his family back together.

                The whole story was so emotional that anyone would cry. Nevertheless, I loved the book.   

                Have you read it? What did you think?
                 Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to leave a link.
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                Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

                December 12, 2012 Aman 11
                Title: Opal
                Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
                Published: Entangled Publishing; Dec 11, 2012
                Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
                Series: Lux
                  Shadows
                  Obsidian
                  Onyx
                  Opal
                  Origin  

                  Synopsis (from Goodreads):
                  No one is like Daemon Black. 
                  When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

                  But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. 

                  After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

                  Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

                  Review:
                  That ending was simply CRUEL. Why do you do that, Jennifer?

                       I love Lux series, it has the most innovative, and entertaining world building but this review is not going to be fangirling type because I had some issues with Opal (namely Katy). It is a good book, and if you follow this series, then it is a must read, but unfortunately, it is not as good, and exciting as Onyx. The second book in the series, as you're already familiar with, was full of surprises, there was always something happening on every other page, and compared to that, Opal was a bit slow, and uninteresting, especially the second half.

                       I still loved Opal just because it has Dawson in it, and I'm totally a Dawson fan, been one since I read Shadows. He is the charming, and loving one, but in Opal we see a different side to him which was expected given the harsh treatment he went through past year. Before reading this book, I was scared that he would be broken mentally or something, but I was so happy that he was not. He just need a little time and space to get used to everything; he's not the old Dawson, but I still love the new one, and Oh. My. Gosh, the ending was just perfect for him. He got what he wanted, and I was screaming & dancing reading that part. I love Dawson & Bethany, and if you're their fan, then you will be happy at the end.

                       Opal is the steamiest book in the Lux series, and there were some scenes where I was simply shocked that it was happening in a YA book. Nothing too graphic, obviously, but I do tend to use my over imagination (*wink*). Daemon was his best in this book, very romantic and caring. Don't worry, he is still a tease, and egoistical as before. As for Katy, I've always liked her for how strong, and stubborn she was, but in Opal she seemed very unlikable. She acted a certain way that annoyed me, and kept unnecessary secrets that put others in danger. I just hope Katy is better in Origin.

                       Overall, I'm so happy to have read Opal. The first half of the book will have you gripping the edges of your seats, and flipping pages with Luxen speed just to see what happens next. It is that exciting, but then once you hit the halfway mark, things might get a little slow with the story-developing side, and focus more on the romantic aspect, which was still good. Most of you might disagree with me, but I just wasn't invested in most part of the story. I still don't know why because I've loved & 5 stared every JLA book, but Opal wasn't the best. My advice: Read it for Dawson. Do it! You will not be disappointed.



                  PS: There is a new character who is kind of young, but I still have my eyes on him. He's Special, and I like Special.

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