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Feature & Follow (20)

January 31, 2013 Aman 11
Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by 
 Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Q: What is the first thing you would do if you woke up to find yourself in your favorite book?

I have so many favorite books that I don't even know in which one I'd wake up. I'd say Night Huntress series by Jeaneane Frost. Gosh, that series is the bomb, and the first thing I would do is find Bones and make out with him. Seriously, that much is pretty obvious. After that, I don't know, the question asked for first thing only ;)


What is you favorite book?
Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to leave a link.   
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Early Review: Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey + Giveaway

January 30, 2013 Aman 2
Title: Take What You Want
Author: Jeanette Grey
Publication: Samhain Publishing | March 13, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, NA
Goodreads | Amazon
She needs an escape…and he’s exactly what she had in mind.

College senior Ellen Price spends every spare minute studying to get into medical school. Until spring break yawns before her, as empty as her wallet.

With no money to hit the beach, she fills her empty to-do list with a plan: for just one week, she will become the kind of take-no-prisoners woman she secretly wishes to be, starting with the hot guy at the bar. It's a no-risk situation: at the end of break, he’ll head back to his campus, and she’ll go back to hers. No muss, no fuss.

At first, Josh Markley isn’t sure what to think when the quiet, intense beauty from his pre-med classes approaches him for a night of casual sex. Even more mystifying, she doesn’t seem to return his recognition. But if she wants to play “strangers in a bar”, he’s game.

Their passionate night is a welcome respite from life’s stress, but afterward, Josh realizes he wants more—from himself, from life, from Ellen. Except she still thinks he’s a one-off she’ll never see again. Confessing the truth now—before she figures it out on her own—could shatter the fragile beginnings of just what the doctor ordered. A forever love.

Warning: Contains mistaken identities, a sometimes-glasses-wearing hottie, deep questions about figuring out what you want from life, and a red-hot college romance.
Review:

     Going into this book I thought it would be a sweet romantic story, but I was surprised with how hot & steamy it turned out to be. No complaining there. Take What You Want is a very realistic story about two college seniors who stayed in for their spring break, played a game of pretending for a week, and ended up falling in love for real. There wasn't any major drama or conflict in the story besides both the character not revealing their true selfs, which was handled very subtly in the end, and overall, I loved their story.

     Ellen is a very shy, in-the-books kind of a girl. She is a hardworking pre-med student who has never done anything daring or adventurous in her life, so when her friends go to the Caribbeans for spring break, she decides to be someone else just for a week. Someone who wears sexy clothes and is not afraid to pick up guys at a bar. I liked Ellen, she had a very girl-next-door vibe, but for some reason, I instantly connected with Josh. Whether it was him wearing glasses or him being focused on his studies, not relationships or him being very involved with his family or just him being a very nice guy, I clicked with Josh and fell in love with him. Ellen & Josh were very much alike in many aspects, and it was different seeing them as a couple for the right reason, and not for some opposites-attract stuff.

     Take What You Want takes place in a span of a week with alternating POV's, and I lloved that within such short time, the author made Ellen & Josh's romance very genuine. I felt it, especially during the ending where we get a new beginning feel of their relationship. I highly recommend Take What You Want to readers who love new adult genre, it's my favorite right now. I thought the beginning was a little too steamy for an NA, but I ended up loving the book even more ;)


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

About the Author
Jeanette Grey

After brief, unsatisfying careers in advertising, teaching, computers, and homemaking, Jeanette Grey has returned to her two first loves: romance and writing.
When she isn’t writing, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate  New York.

Find Jeanette on: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway


Jeanette is giving away a pre-order of her new novel, Take What You Want.
That means that you will get your copy on March 15, 2013.
Just fill out the rafflecopter below.
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Waiting on Wednesday (20): Life After Theft

January 29, 2013 Aman 17
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
 
  Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike
Coming out on April 30, 2013
by HarperTeen
 

Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto.

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice.

Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel

Why I'm waiting?
I haven't read or heard about The Scarlet Pimpernel, but I love the premises. A ghost story with heist involved. I already love it!
 
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Review: Falling for You by Heather Thurmeier

January 28, 2013 Aman 3
Title: Falling for You
Author: Heather Thurmeier
Published: Crimson Romance | Aug 20, 2012
Genre: Chick-Lit, Romance
Series: Reality TV Romances
Falling for You
Stuck on You (Feb 11, 2013)
Lost Without You (July 1, 2013)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Newly single Cassidy Quinn is thrilled to be a contestant on the new reality dating show The One. But her excitement turns to horror when the gorgeous bachelor turns out to be her ex-boyfriend. Seeing Brad again makes Cassidy realize she might not be as "over him" as she thought-and then she meets hunky cameraman Evan Burke. After watching his brother lose his wife in a tragic accident, Evan vows never to fall in love. But following Cassidy around as her personal cameraman makes him question his decision, and resisting her gets harder with every sunbathing, bikini-wearing day. Cassidy and Evan begin a forbidden affair while her ex-boyfriend tries to win her heart back one groping, awkward moment at a time. If Cassidy can manage to stop falling off horses (literally), stop falling onto her ex-boyfriend, the bachelor (yes, literally), and stop falling in love with backstage playboy Evan, she might still make it through the show without becoming a tabloid sensation. But soon Cassidy must choose between the ex who broke her heart and the cameraman who might never love her back. For Cassidy, this reality show just got real.

Review:

     When I saw that this book was about a bachelor show, I bought it instantly. No questions asked because I'm a reality TV junkie, and it's the first time I saw a book covering it. Falling for You is a very easy, fun book without any too deep emotions; it was full of stereotypical drama, and predictable storyline, and honestly, I had a blast reading about it, and imagining myself in those girls shoes. Falling for You is the best book to relax your mind and take a break from all those too serious or too angsty reads.

     Cassidy is forced to take part in a reality bachelor shows, The One, courtesy of her sister filling the form secretly using Cassy's name. She goes along with it just to experience the thrill of being in a reality show, and ends up falling for her personal cameraman, Evan. Don't be disgusted by it, he was very hot. An outdoorsy person with a great body, and charming personality. Heck, I would've fallen for him especially when he got jealous over the bachelor, Brad who is the biggest loser ever. I won't even go into much details over Brad because that's just time consuming, and useless. I liked Cassidy, she was in the show for fun & adventure, and not for rekindling old romances with Brad, not matter how hard he tried. I loved her stolen moments with Evan, keeping their attraction secret from everyone made the whole story much more exciting.

     Heather Thurmeier is a terrific writer, the way she portrayed the behind the scenes parts were so realistic, and it made me looks at these shows under a different light. They do sound very cheesy, especially the host of the show. I'll never look at Chris Harrison the same way again. Damn! I highly recommend Falling for You to readers who enjoy cheesy romance once in a while. I loved it! You need to pick this one up when your in the mood for a fun book or it might be a disaster for you. Paige is getting her story next, and I'm so excited for it.


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Review: The One That Got Away by Kelly Hunter

January 26, 2013 Aman 12
Title: The One That Got Away
Author: Kelly Hunter
Publisher: Harlequin KISS | Jan 22, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Synopsis (from Goodreads):


Good job? Tick. Newly purchased apartment? Tick. Evie's life is on a pretty even keel at the moment. The only thing missing? A man with an edge to keep things interesting. Enter Logan Black. Tortured, distant and sexy, Logan has edge written all over him. He's also the man who tipped Evie over the edge a few years back - she gave him everything, but he didn't know when to stop taking. Leaving Logan was the hardest thing Evie's ever done. Until now. Because Logan's back, the chemistry is as blistering as ever, and this time he's not going anywhere...


Review:

     The One That Got Away is a book full of shocking surprises. Literally. The publishers marketed this book so wrongly, and it's unfair to the audience. The cover and premises of the book is completely misguided. The One That Got Away is not a happy, chocolates & balloons romantic book, it is much darker in a sense that the couple experiences D/S relationship. It's not graphic, but you know what happens when you read about the next morning scene explaining the after effects. And the premises stating "Leaving Logan was the hardest thing Evie's ever done" is wrong. The guy left her, not the other way around. Why giving out false & misleading information?

     Once the initial shock wore off, I was very much into the story. It wasn't romantic, it was passionate, sexy and very hot. Logan likes to dominate, and Evie is the perfect match for him with her submissive nature. Like I said, their private moments were detailed, but you could still feel their undeniable sexual tension whether it was over at a casual dinner or just by being in the same room. I loved their chemistry, I was melting just by reading about it and that doesn't happen often. Logan has insecurities and doubts when it comes to relationship because his father was an abuser, so that's what Logan thought he was too. I ached for him, I wanted him to trust himself more, and look past the bad things to have a good future.

     As for Evie, I don't have much to say about her. She was okay, nothing special, but I wished she didn't take her relationship with Logan lightly, and let him control everything. She shouldn't give in to easily, and I get that she wants the best for Logan, and doesn't want to upset him, but she should've done what she did in the ending way before that. I loved the first half of the book, it was sensual and very gripping, but the second half disappointed me a lot. The couple were still clueless of their feelings or maybe they didn't want to work through the problem, whatever it was, I was frustrated with it, and wanted to throw my kindle at the wall. It barely survived.

     Overall, The One That Got Away was a very unexpected and exciting read for me. Logan is one of the most intriguing characters I've ever read, his fears were so real, and I've never thought about it that way. If the second half of the story would have been different & less frustrating, then this book would easily be a 5 star read, but things are not always right. I still liked it a lot, and if Max gets his own book, I would love to read it. Kelly Hunter has made me a fan of her work, and I'll be looking forward to her other books.


A Copy was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley for an honest review. (Thank You!)
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Review: Release Me by J. Kenner

January 25, 2013 Aman 2
Title: Release Me
Author: J. Kenner
Published: Bantam | Jan 1, 2013
Genre: Romance, Erotica
Series: Stark Trilogy
Release Me
Claim Me
Complete Me

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.
 
He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.
 
Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.

Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.

But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

Review:

     I have mixed feelings towards Release Me. It is tagged as bring similar to Fifty Shades & Bared to You, but I really felt like I was reading Fifty Shades of Grey with an overly cocky Christian and a very indecisive Ana. Did I like it? Yes, in the end I did, but I was so weirded out in the beginning (the party & limo after party) that overall I couldn't enjoy it as I hoped to.

     Damien Stark is a tennis player turned entrepreneur, and gets whatever he wants. Nikki Fairchild is a looking for a new start in LA, and wants to forget her Texas past. They both meet at art gallery, and bam they have an insta-lust-attraction. The whole scene was very very unrealistic for me, I just couldn't picture in happening. Nikki was TOO much to handle, her snarky attitude towards Damien, whom she might have met 6 years ago for 30 seconds, was flat out weird. It turns out that I liked everything about this book besides Nikki and her friends.

     I hated the southern attitude she had where she mentions being her traditional mother's daughter 10 times. I hated that she was so freaking doubtful with Damien; she likes him, then she can't stand him, but she wants him, and she can't have him, and this & that. Pick one side, and stick with it. I hated that she had a slut & an intruder as her best friends;  Jamie can't stop sleeping with random strangers, and Oliver can't stop pushing himself between Nikki & Damien's relationship. I hated that she couldn't stand up to her mother, and ask her to get the hell out of her life forever. I hated that this book was narrated by Nikki because I just couldn't stand her at the end of the day. (Venting it out felt good. Oops!)

     Overall, I'm very neutral towards Release Me because of Damien. I didn't have hots for him, but I liked him very much. I loved that he was so patient and calm with Nikki, he gave her what she wanted, and became her strength with controlling her demons. Also, he was very good in bed and on phone. I really am looking forward to reading more about him, and I wish that Nikki is worth for him.



 A Copy was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley for an honest review. (Thanks You!)
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Feature & Follow (19) + Apology

January 24, 2013 Aman 13

 Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by 
 Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Q:What is the last book that kept you up late into night just to finish it?


Yes, I read it this month, and not last year like I should have. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is a Must Read book, and I was practically speechless after finishing it. 
Read my review here to see how much I LOVED IT.

Important Update & Apology

I feel do dumb to admit it, but here it goes.

I'm so sorry to all the Email Followers. 
You subscribed, and didn't get anything because I never activated the feed. 
 I feel so horrible, and I'm doing a giveaway just for you guys as part of my apology. 

I hope you will subscribe again.

Enter your email address:


Delivered by FeedBurner

One winner will get a digital copy of the most talked about book this month,
FALLEN TOO FAR by Abbi Glines
Read my 5 star review here.


PS: Make sure you guys have activated email feed too. I would hate that to happen to someone. It's like losing potential subscribers because of a stupid mistake.

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Interview + Giveaway: Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Aman 1

Kristin Halbrook

Author of Nobody But Us



Kristin Halbrook is a Seattleite who loves good coffee, good food, good music, good sports, good causes, and good reads. She’s both intense and a goofball, introverted and gregarious. Nobody But Us is her debut novel.

Find Kristin on: Website | Twitter | Goodreads


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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

January 23, 2013 Aman 9
Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: Feiwel & Friends | Jan 2012
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Retelling, YA
Series: Lunar Chronicles
Cinder (Cinderella)
Scarlet (Red Riding Hood)
Cress (Rapunzel)
Winter (Snow White)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Review:

     Cinder is a very scientific and political book with a little splashes of romance here & there. It is not something I usually go for, but in this case I was very impressed with the way Melissa Meyer pulled off this exceptionally well written story, and make me fall in love with Cinderella Cinder's fairytale romance again. It actually reminded me a lot of another version of the TV show Once Upon a Time with all the fairytale mixed in one world.

     Cinder is a cyborg which in general term means that she is part robot. Initially I was very bored with her, the only good moments came through Iko, who is an android, and the best character in this book. She's sarcastic, she's funny, and she brightens any scene just by her presence. Yes, I totally fangirled over Iko, can't help it, I freaking loved her. Coming back to Cinder, I started warming up to her about halfway through the story when we get to know more about her background, and hidden secrets. That's when things started to get more interesting, and I was compelled into finishing the story, and finding out more about Cinder's heritage. 

     Melissa Meyer created a very sci-fi world with cyborgs, androids, and lunars which is commendable but I really wished that everything would have been in balance. I get that it's fantasy, but there has to be enough romance in it because it is a retelling of a popular fairytale which was filled with romance. There are very cute moments between Cinder & Prince Kai, but there was very little interaction between them overall, and I never felt their love. Arghh! I just didn't feel it. I don't know why, and that was my only disappointment. But their story is not over yet, and it will continue throughout the series, so I won't judge too soon.

     Cinder is an extremely well written book with one of the most creative & original worlds I've ever read. It is highly recommended to readers who enjoy retellings and dystopians. I love that throughout the book we got glimpses of future characters & princesses, and I can't wait to read about every single one of them, but I'm really hope Iko gets her story because I already know that hers will be my favorite. 

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Waiting on Wednesday (19): Crossing The Line

January 22, 2013 Aman 26
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
 
  Crossing The Line (Pushing the Limit #1.5) by Katie McGarry
Coming out on April 1, 2013

By Harlequin TEEN

Lila McCormick, Echo's best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.

Why I'm waiting?
Simple. I loved Pushing the Limit, and Katie McGarry is a fabulous writer. I would read anything by her. I still don' remember Lila, so if any of you know how she was connected in Echo's life, let me know in the comments. It says Lila & Echo were best friends. Were they? 

Other books in the series:

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Review: Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin

January 21, 2013 Aman 4
Title: Forever My Girl
Author








Review:

     Forever My Girl is a very sad book. It's about second chance romance, and I expected it to be a little sad in the beginning, but then chocolate & flowers romantic by the end because the couple were high school sweethearts. Unfortunately, I still felt very low after finishing the story. I can't point the exact reason, there are a lot of the things I didn't agree with, but I would definitely recommend this book.

     Liam and Josie were the meant-to-be together couple, everyone in their town knew that would get married and have the American dream, but that dream was shattered when Liam left Josie to pursue his career in music and never contacted her for 10 years until they came face-to-face at his best friends funeral. Liam was a jerk. Plain & simple. His reasons for leaving were ridiculous and unacceptable, and on top of that, expecting everything to be back to normal, and calling Josie my girl was stupid. Give it a break, it's been ten years, not ten minutes. Josie was the sweet girl-next-door, and I really really liked her. I loved that she tried her best in everything, whether it was contacting Liam or making the right decision for her family, she was the only straight-headed person in this book. Josie really did have a big heart, but I still believe she should have made Liam work hard for that forgiveness. Nevertheless, at the end of the day I was happy with the story.

     Forever my girl is a book about forgiveness, friendships and rekindling old love. I wouldn't call it full on romance, but I did like the little bits we got in the end.


PS: After finishing this book, go here and read the letter Nick left for Josie. It did resolve a lot of things for me.
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Early Review: Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

January 19, 2013 Aman 4
Title: Nobody But Us
Author: Kristin Halbrook
Published: HarperTeen | Jan 29, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

Review:

     You know those TV shows nowadays where the people do stupid stuff, and you still watch it knowing that there is no lesson at the end of it, like Silent Library or Worlds Dumbest. They are pure entertainment, and no matter how dumb they are, you still enjoy them. That is exactly what this book feels to me. From the beginning, I knew what the characters were doing was wrong & illegal and it was never going to end well, but I had so much fun reading about their crazy journey.  

     They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run. is indeed the perfect tagline for this book, if you add They are a little dumb at the end. I'm not making fun of it, I liked Nobody But Us, it was a funny book initially and got really really intense at the end which was completely unexpected. Zoe and Will come from a bad background, and on Will's 18th birthday, they plan on running away together. Zoe is the only child of an abusive father, and Will is a foster kid, and now both of them want a better life for themselves. I would have done the same thing in their place, but Zoe is not legal yet, and in todays world people take law very seriously. I knew that Will would be behind bars when the police finds him, and I was dreading waiting for that part because it was going to happen. I knew it was.

     Will had a hot & cold personality, sometimes I loved him so much that even I'd run off with him, and sometimes I just wanted his face to be a punching back. He has such a pure heart, but then he has to say some crap and mess it all up; in a way, he reminded me of Jude (Crash trilogy by Nicole Williams) a lot, and I ended up loving Jude, but I had so-so feelings for Will. He made bad choices and I absolutely hated the consequences he had to pay. I never in a million years expected the ending to be so horrible & sad. I didn't like it.

     Still, I don't feel bad for Zoe. That girl is the epitome of pushovers, I don't like girls like her. They take everything in, all the abusive, the bad mouthing, and never complain. She was sweet & loving, but she has to learn to fight back, and I didn't believe she was stronger at the end, I felt she was more miserable. After finishing the book, I don't think the whole journey was worth the ending the couple had. They had a messy life before, and they had even a messier one afterward. 

     I do have to commend on one thing, which is Kristin Halbrook's writing. It was phenomenal for a debut author; she made it so easy to differentiate between Will & Zoe voices. Nobody But Us is a fun entertaining book about two crazy people in love. I enjoyed reading it, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, adventurous read.


A Copy was provided by the Publisher and Edelweiss for an honest review. (Thank You!)
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Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

January 18, 2013 Aman 1
Title: Destroy Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Published: HarperCollins | Oct 2, 2012
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, YA
Series: Shatter Me
Shatter Me
Destroy Me (Novella)
Unravel Me

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Review:

     I don't like Warner. There is nothing in this book that can justify his action as being good either for his future or for Juliette. The only good thing that came out of the story for me was that we finally got to see the inside of Juliette little red notebook.

     Destroy Me is not a bad novella, and I'm not going to give it a bad rating just because I don't like a particular character. In a way, I'm glad that we got to know more about Warner; I don't see him as a villain anymore, I see a misguided person in his place who had a rough childhood, and no one to support him. I can see the similarities he has with Juliette, both of them were tortured by their parents, and had to learn to live a hard life, but Juliette came out positive whereas Warner let other people, especially his father color his judgement.

     I still feel that Warner has a good heart, and he can be a part of the good side if he wants, but he has to stand up for himself, and not let his father control him. I might not hate him anymore, but I'm still not rooting for him. I'm sure there is another girl for him somewhere, and I can't wait to read that story. Just stop bothering Juliette, and we'll be in good terms, Warner :)


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Feature & Follow (18)

January 17, 2013 Aman 24
 Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by 
 Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Q: Who is your favorite villain from a book?

Lothaire! Lothaire! LOTHAIRE! 


He is the best villain that I love to hate, and just love sometimes. For some of you who don't know him, he is the vampire from Kresley Cole's Immortal After Dark series. That is the best PNR series, and everyone should read it!

Have you read that series?
Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to leave a link.   

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Review: Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi

January 16, 2013 Aman 14
Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Published: HarperCollins | Oct 2, 2012
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, YA
Series: Shatter Me
Shatter Me
Destroy Me (Novella)
Unravel Me

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Review:

     Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Why didn't I read this book before? Oh my god. I can't stop saying that. Oh my god. This book is THE BEST. OH MY GOD! I'm Speechless!

     It is so hard to write a review for a book that is Perfection. What can I say more? The only other book that has left me speechless was The Evolution of Mara Dyer, that book blew my mind with it's creative world, and Shatter Me has the same effect on me. Everything was on the mark in terms of the beautiful writing, the unique characters, the brilliant world, the soul-gripping romance, and even the little scratch marks they had was genius. I would consider the writing to be hypnotic because I literally couldn't look away while reading the story. It was so freaking GOOD.

     Juliette has a touch from hell, it kills people when in contact, and that touch has made other sort of boycott her for her whole life, including her parents. I felt so sad reading about her, it was a horrible way to live, but I loved that besides all the negativity in her life, she was still a very strong headed person, and the best part about Juliette was that she never gave up hope for better times. She took everything so positively, believed in herself, learned from her mistakes or accidents and for me, the ending she got was so perfect. I loved it.

    The reason Shatter Me differentiates from any other post-apocolyptic or dystopian book is because our world has not ended yet, it is still in transition, and that makes us question so many things. Who is right? Who is wrong? Who to follow? Who to fight back? I loved that the author took this in-between time period to set her story because in a way, we can relate to Juliette. She knows the old world, and is discovering the new one as we read along, and her journey was so nerve-racking yet exciting at the same time. I loved Shatter Me, and I, sure as hell, am rooting for Adam. I'm not going to say much about the boys because you need to discover them on your own, but I'll just say that there was a lot of steam in this book which I didn't expect in a YA. 

     Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is a highly recommended novel if you are looking for a great supernatural story with a very innovative world building. It is my unforgettable read, and I can't wait to read Unravel Me. The ending gave a hope for a better & a lot steamier future. Don't miss this series!


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Waiting on Wednesday (18): Facade

January 15, 2013 Aman 8
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
 
 Facade (Games #2) by Nyrae Dawn 
Coming out on March 16, 2013
 
  
Goodreads 
 
No one knows who twenty-one year-old Adrian Westfall is behind his fa├žade. After what he’s done, he deserves to live alone with his pain, even if he’d do anything to forget. Anything for a moment of quiet without his past haunting him.

Eighteen year-old Delaney Cross wants nothing more than to absolve her family from her father’s sins. To keep her suicidal mom off that ledge, and help her brother Maddox get the light back in his eyes. She thinks their road to freedom is through Adrian.

Adrian and Delaney are bound together by tragedy… Only Adrian doesn’t know it.

As their lives intertwine, they find a solace in each other they never knew existed. Laney knows she needs to tell him—to come out from behind her smoke screen, but to say the words could mean losing him.

Two people. Two disguises. True love.

Will it be enough to save them when all secrets are bared?

Why I'm waiting?
Charade was one of my favorite NA last year, and I loved Adrian in that book. He is one of those loyal people, and I can't wait to read his story. 

Other books in the series:
Read my review here.

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Review: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

January 14, 2013 Aman 5
Title: The Edge of Never
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Published: CreateSpace | Nov 12, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Review:

     Road trips are usually very boring for me, taking them or reading about them, either ways they are not my forte, but there is something special about the way they were pulled off in The Edge of Never, maybe it was the thrill of not knowing the destination and going with the gut or maybe it was that little hope of knowing that a simple unplanned journey can change your life forever and it makes you risk it all just to experience that kind of craziness once.

     I'm a by-the-books kind of a person, I always pick truths rather than dares, and it might sound boring, but I have never done anything remotely crazy in my life, and for the main protagonists, Camryn, to take a bus ride randomly to some unknown place just for the thrill of doing it was very hard to be to swallow. I wish I would have been that daring, but I had a very hard time connecting with Camryn initially. She is a very different girl, she wants to travel the world, and never stop at one place for a longer period; I guess it sounds fun in a fantasy life, but it's very very scary in reality. I was so happy when Andrew entered the picture, the whole journey didn't seem scary after that, and I started liking it a lot.

     JA Redmerski did a fabulous job creating the characters, and portraying their story in a fun realistic way. Andrew was a sweetheart with a dominant side, and I love when we got to see the other side of him in bed or outside. And yes, those types are my absolute favorite. Andrew & Camryn were so freaking perfect together, and their chemistry was off-the-charts HOT. I loved how Andrew made Camryn come out of her shell, and showed her how to be alive, how to do things for yourself, and not think about other people. It was something that she needed in her life, and there moments together was so sweet that you would want them to be together forever.

     The Edge of Never is a very different story, it doesn't have a lot of drama or angst, but it does have a beautiful story about love and trust. I had my doubts initially but in the end, I fell in love with these crazy characters, and I wish I could be them if only for a day. I want to experience that excitement of doing things randomly, and not giving a second thought about it. I really liked this book, and my favorite part of the story was how fate brought them together, and gave them the best ending. It is highly recommended to every romance reader.


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Review: A Beautiful Lie by T.E. Sivec Blog Tour

January 12, 2013 Aman 2
Title: A Beautiful Lie
Author: T.E. Sivec
Published: Self | Jan 3, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Adult
Series: Playing with Fire
A Beautiful Lie

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
He saw her first, but his friend made the move.

She settled for the safer choice, but her heart knew the truth.

They love, they crave, they lie.

Garrett McCarthy, Annabelle Parker, and Milo Roberts were as close as friends could get. They shared in each other's joy during graduations, promotions, and engagements. They consoled one another through heartache and loss.

When one of the friend's life is tragically cut short, it's up to the two left behind to pick up the pieces and find out the truth - no matter the cost. As they slowly start to uncover the nature of his deception, and the very powerful people behind it, they begin to question everyone and everything, even themselves.

Everyone has secrets - some do it for love while others do it for power. Those secrets can change perceptions, alter reality and sometimes destroy lives.

What do you do when you find out your whole life has been a lie?

 Review:

     I'm having a hard time writing this review because I loved the authors previous work, and as much as I  enjoyed reading this one, at the end I wasn't very happy with it. Going into this book, I didn't have a lot of expectation because it's sort of a debut novel of the author in this particular genre, but I did expect strong characters, and a beautiful romance. I did get a very steamy story, but not the type of characters I was hoping for. Simply putting, A Beautiful Lie was a very extreme read for me.

     I have read my fair share of Navy SEAL books, and I know the type of the action & suspense they have, but this was a level up from what I'm used to reading. Level up in terms of unbelievability. A lot of the things that took place in this book especially the character changes were so unbelievable for me, and I couldn't look past it, and focus on the good part. It kept nagging me everytime something was revealed, and maybe it's the me-not-you things, but whatever it is, I'm not very satisfied with it.

     Anna's husband, Milo died during one of his Navy operations, and now it is up to her & their best friend, Garrett to find out the real reason behind his death. They go undercover as a couple to that same location, and what starts as a pretentious relationship ends up being something very real. I liked Anna initially, she had a girl next door vibe, but after a while she became one of those cocky, overconfident girls which I don't like. Garrett, on the other hand was the saving grace of this book, he was such a nice guy. I loved that he respected his friendship, and was there whenever Anna needed him. The only thing that made me frustrated was that he let his friend, Milo get the best of him; Milo's not his child, so he shouldn't baby him everytime something went down the hill, and speaking of Milo, I fucking HATED him. I don't know why Anna & Garrett put up with him, he had such a snarky little attitude, and I'm going to stop talking about him or this will turn into a ranting review.

    Anyway, I did enjoy the parts between Anna & Garrett, they were like firecrackers together, and since the beginning of the story all I kept repeating was "Makeout Already! Makeout Already!"  and boy when they did do the deed, it was freaking Hot. A Beautiful Lie by TE Sivec reminded me of Lora Leigh's Tempting Seals & Elite Ops series, so if you like those kinds of read with fast paced action & burn-the-sheets hot romances, then this one is highly recommended to you.


About the Author
T.E. Sivec

T.E. Sivec is the pen name for Tara Sivec. Under T.E. Sivec, she delves into a more serious genre that is her absolute favorite to read - romantic suspense.  She loves reading a book and feeling her heart speed up with anticipation and wanted to be able to give that feeling to her fans.

T.E. lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, living the dream of being a full-time writer.


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