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Review: Goddess by Josephine Angelini

May 31, 2013 Aman 22
Title: Goddess
Author: Josephine Angelini
Published: HarperTeen | May 28, 2013
Genre: Mythology, YA
Series: Starcrossed
Starcrossed 
Dreamless
Goddess
 
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After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched. 
 Review:
A Perfect Ending to a Powerful Series! 

     Josephine Angelini outdid herself with Goddess! I can't imagine how cleverly she connected the original Trojan War characters to the newest cast in this book. It was mind blowing! There were so many shocking twists and change in characters that I did NOT see coming. There is one person in particular who had been perfectly normal throughout the series but in this book he/she turned out to be on the opposite side in the war and I was left Speechless with that discovery. And the ending! Freaking perfect for the series! It wasn't wrapped up in a shiny red bow with the happily ever after thing but it was wrapped up pretty neatly. The story is over but there's always a chance for more because it's not the end of Helen & Lucas yet. 

     Helen, Orion and Lucas are now blood brothers and that has given Helen some additional powers along with the ones she already had. Helen was truly a goddess in this book, she was smart, powerful, calculative, and finally someone I always wanted her to be. She showed tremendous growth, but I still feel sad that it took her wayyy to long to figure out who her real dad was. In my Dreamless review, I pinned that question as the major game changer of this series and even said that it might be one of the Gods but the answer turned out to be pretty anticlimatic. It was definitely unsatisfying, but it didn't bother me that much because the rest of the story was epic. We get to know why Daphne lied through this whole time (it was selfish of her to do so), who the tyrant is (unbelievable!), who is Orion descended from (Love him! He's my favorite God!), why was Hades so helpful to Helen (Ah, he is such a compassionate, loving person), and finally who Helen really is (again, shocking!).

     Though I do have to say one thing--Goddess ruined my good memory of Helen of Troy. We get flashbacks of her story through Helen (of Nantucket?) and Helen of Troy was a total selfish bitch in this book; she might call her acts selfless, but that's not how I saw it. When I read the scene where the Trojan Horse is allowed to enter the Troy premises, I cried. I have never sobbed so bad and at that point, I hated Helen of Troy. I was glad that Helen of Nantucket was much smarted than her and made the right decisions in the end. I loved her! And how can I forget Hector? Since Starcrossed, I always thought that he would be the other part of the love triangle--but then we were introduced to Orion in Dreamless--nevertheless, I always saw him as the hero of this series. Hector is a true warrior, first in line to protect his loved ones and I want someone like him. He makes me swoon with his every scene. Lucas ain't got nothing on him! I'd even prefer Orion over Lucas, he was pretty hardcore dreamy too! Orion + Hector = Fantasy come true! 

     Goddess was, as I expected, EPIC in every way! This is the best Greek Mythology I've ever read and it's true that Angelini focuses more on the storyline and mythology than the main characters, but it works perfectly. I did connect with the character, but instead of seeing where the romance or individual character development was going, I was more focused on the importance of their role in the overall story. And that's what makes Starcrossed trilogy so addicting. Every character is chess piece and absence of any of them would make this series crumble into disaster. I'm sad to let these characters go, but I love that I can revisit them anytime and still enjoy their journey.    


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Blog Tour: Going Under by S. Walden

May 29, 2013 Aman 20
Today, I'm so excited to share this amazing, one-of-a-kind read with you guys! I finished it last night and I'm still shocked by some of the events that took place. This is a new level of emotional, heart-wrenching read. Loved it! Before my review and a guest post by the author, take a look at what Going Under is all about. Plus don't forget to enter in the giveaway at the end of the post!

Title: Going Under
Author: S. Walden
Published: Penny Press | March 14, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
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    Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

    Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

    (This is a New Adult fiction book with mature themes. It contains graphic sex and language and a description of sexual violence.)
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         Oh.My.God! What did I just read?!? Going Under is NOT a book for a feeble mind, it's very dark, intense, gritty and extremely disturbing if you keep thinking about the scenario. Take the warning from the blurb seriously. Going Under discusses rape, drugs, abuse, sex along with a very graphic rape scene, so don't read it if can't handle strong, powerful, gut-wrenching emotions that might make you sick. Okay, now that that's out the way. On to the actual review!

         I don't even know where to start. While I knew beforehand that Going Under might be a difficult read, I didn't really knew the extent of it until I reached the 80% mark and that is when everything blew up! I can't believe some of the stuff that happened was actually real and the guys in this book were really that bad. I was speechless when I first learned about their little sex club and it was horrible to know that that wasn't the end of it. This is probably not making any sense, so lets back up. This story is about Brooke Wright whose best friend committed suicide after being raped by a guy from her school. Brooke and Beth had a rocky relationship in the last years and Brooke feels horrible for what happened with Beth and now she wants revenge against the guy. She changes her school to Beth's and plans on getting herself raped by that same guy, so that she can put him behind bars. It's a difficult story to digest, but hold on it gets worst.

         She finds out that the guys on the swim team have a sex game going on in which they have sex with young girls and score them, most of the time the intercourse is forced. You'd think that I'd be disgusted with the story to actually read it, but seeing how today's world is, I wasn't really surprised by what these evil, heartless guys were doing. I felt so bad for the girls and I get why they didn't report it, but what made me so mad was that Brooke knew the signs throughout the story. She has been dealing with this situation for close to a year and I can't believe how careless she was at times. There were some scenes where I kept repeating: Don't go any close to him, don't drink it, don't drink it, don't engage with them, just Go, get out of their way, Be Careful, but she wasn't very precautions most of the time. And that really upset me.

         S. Walden wrote a very powerful story, it wasn't a tear-jerker but it definitely touched my heart. Brooke, despite of what I said above, is a very strong girl. She does what she believes in and doesn't back down. I loved her! And Ryan! Oh, how can I forget him! He was the sweetest guy I've ever read, though more on the mysterious side, but nevertheless someone I would remember for a long time. The ending was so good and I couldn't be more happier to see justice done. All in all, Going Under is a must read! It teaches you how to prevent getting yourself in difficult situation and to speak up when you see something wrong happening. I loved that there was a lesson in it and I highly recommend this book if you're up for a rough read. 


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    Waiting on Wednesday (37)

    May 28, 2013 Aman 13
    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
     
      The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
    Releases on July 2, 2013

    by Harper Teen  

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    Early Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

    May 27, 2013 Aman 23
    Title: Faking It
    Author: Cora Carmack
    Published: William Morrow & Company | June 4, 2013
    Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
    Series: Losing It
    Losing It
    Faking It
    Finding It

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    Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

    Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.
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    Review:

         Faking It is a companion to Losing It which was one of the first NA's I read last year and it wasn't my favorite read but I liked it enough to continue the series. Unfortunately, it turns out that the problem I had with Losing It was the same reason I wasn't able to love Faking it that much (even though I loved Max!). The story lacked major drama. AGAIN! Yes, it was a nice, light contemporary read with enjoyable characters and it's perfect if you going for that, but I need to be invested in the story to enjoy it to the fullest, I need to have my emotions involved and connect with the characters to love them and fully appreciate their story. That is the part where Faking It didn't work for me. I was easily distracted throughout the book and had a hard time getting back in the story simple because I didn't feel any connection! And the story wasn't exciting enough.

         After the heartbreak Cade went through in the last book, he's having a difficultly time to get over Bliss. Seeing her happily settled with Garrick is like putting salt to his wounds, but Cade was gentleman enough not to break up his friendship with Bliss, even though he should have in my opinion. Being friends is like a recipe for disaster, but weirdly enough that doesn't even cause any problem. Good for him! One morning in a coffee house, he meets Max in one of the most awkward yet funniest circumstances ever. That was my favorite scene in this whole book and it reminded me of why I enjoyed Losing It in the first place. Max is tattooed, sassy, funny, no bullshit kind of a girl. I loved her instantly! Talk about role reversal. Tattooed girl and a nice guy! Ha!

         After their initially meeting, Max & Cade dive into a pretentious relationship throughout the book which later on, as you've already guessed it, turns into a real relationship with the forever and ever kind of love. Oddly enough, I didn't really care for the romance. I had so much fun reading about Max and her overly conservative parents and how she deals with them, that I really wasn't interested in knowing how her relationship was progressing with Cade. I don't know if it's a mood thing or what--first Emancipating Andie and now this--but I really hope me-not-caring-for-the-romance doesn't continue with future read. I love when two people fall in love and the best part about it- watching them fall in love and experiencing every new jittery feeling along with them. And sadly, none of my recent reads have been able to have that effect on me.

         I had high hopes for Faking It but the love story let me done. It started off at a high place and I though this book was easily going to be in my Top 10 because the banter between Max & Cade was so funny and made the story addicting, but somewhere along the way it lost it's spark and I started caring less and less for the characters with every chapter and it the end, I was just glad that it was over. If you loved Losing It, then I have no doubt that you'll enjoy Faking it as much, but I'd say that it's time for me to say sayonara to this series. Okay reads aren't working for me anymore.


    A Copy was provided by William Morrow & Company for an honest review via Edelweiss. (Thanks You!)
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    Early Review: Angelstone by Hanna Peach

    May 24, 2013 Aman 20
    Title: Angelstone
    Author: Hanna Peach
    Published: Self | May 31, 2013
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Series: Dark Angel
      Angelfire
      Angelstone 

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      After escaping from the Hollows and the Michaelea lightwarriors, Jordan takes Alyx and Israel to Aradale, a secret Rogue community, where they appear to be safe − for now. But did they bring the enemy with them? “Mini”, the strange and speechless young girl they rescued from the Hollows, is not as she seems. Why was Elder Michael keeping her locked up? What is she hiding?

      Alyx and Israel are driven further apart as Israel continues to obsess over making Adere human and Alyx hides two secrets from him: that he may be part-demon and that she may be carrying his child, a tri-blood keye that can be used to unlock Hell.

      Out in the mortal cities, pieces of Black Stone, the only material that can disrupt the angels’ healing abilities, continue to be stolen to make weapons for Samyara’s dark army. Alyx and her friends must stop them, but this means infiltrating holy and guarded places to steal the Black Stone − a monastery in remote China, a mosque in Saudi Arabia, an art gallery in Florence and a cathedral in Peru.

      Can they win this deadly race against the Darkened?
      Review:

           When I read Angelfire in December, I was blown away by it's well thought out world and engaging storyline. It's a different take on Angel-Demon Mythology and Hanna Peach doesn't disappoint with Angelstone. I loved it! It is such a great addition to the series. 

           Angelstone picks up days after the first one left off. Alyx is still training is Jordan and strengthening her Dreamwalker abilities. She has broken up with Israel because he wouldn't let go of the thought of saving his ex-girlfriend and Alyx doesn't want him hanging in the middle. She, along with Isreal and the little girl, Mini, are settled in the new rogue (FreeThinkers) hideout and are planning to solve the issue concerning Black stone. Robberies are happening around the world and the black stone seems to be the only thing missing from those places. On top of that, Samyara is planning something huge with his army and he wants the Blood Prophecy to take place soon. NEWSFLASH! Samyara is a dude! I always pictured him as a lady because it's a feminine name and I can't believe I didn't pick up on it in the first book. That was one shocker and I still have a hard time picturing him as a male. Yikes!

           In Angelfire, we were left off with the question-Is Alyx pregnant? I seriously thought the answer was yes, seeing that she was so freaking hormonal in this book. I love Israel, but he may not feel the same way. Jordan is nice and his kisses are great, BUT I love Israel. Shut Up! I was so frustrated with the love triangle, these are the types I don't like. The constant back and forth is really annoying and I don't know what happened to that strong, confident Alyx I loved. She's still smart but I want her head in the game instead of figuring out who she loves the most. I'd pick Jordan because he's mature and smart, but that's just me always picking the other guy.

            Angelstone was highly addicting (devoured it within a day!), the writing was beautiful, the story was action-packed and the ending was killer. I want to know what happens next! I'm not a fan of cliff-hangers, I need the next book already! Fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instrumemts series who enjoy high fantasy novel with great storyline will love Dark Angel series.


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

      About the Author
      Hanna Peach 

      “I write about fantastical things, especially creatures with fangs, magic or wings. I want to tell you tales that will rip away the glamor 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.”
       

      At the beginning of 2013, Hanna left her "respectable" career, packed up her life and sold everything except for what fit in a suitcase to be a full-time writer and go "gypsy-ing" across Europe. Even she thinks that she is a little crazy sometimes.
       

      Hanna Peach is the author of Angelfire, book 1 of the Dark Angel series. Angelstone, (Dark Angel #2) is due for publication on 31 May 2013 and Angelsong (Dark Angel #3) is due late 2013.

      Find Hanna on: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

      Angelstone will be On-Sale for $0.99 from May 31 to June 1 (Amazon)! 

      Angelfire would be FREE during that time peiod! 

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      Blog Tour: Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn

      May 22, 2013 Aman 31
      Today, I'm hosting s tour stop for Priscilla Glenn's Emancipating Andie Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Tours. I have my review and a giveaway to share, but first here's a little bit about the book.

      Title: Emancipating Andie
      Author: Priscilla Glenn
      Published: CreateSpace | April 5, 2012
      Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
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      Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind - and paid the price for it - she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.

      Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.

      So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.

      Review:

           Emancipating Andie served it's purpose as far as the title goes. This is Andie's story, her journey of finally being herself and not letting anyone put guidelines on her life. She started off as being a very uptight, organized and pre-planned person and throughout the story we see her transforming everyday little by little, trying new things just to feel something different, and getting out of her comfort zone and not shying from achieving her dreams. I loved Andie, she was strong, funny and easy-going, someone I could easily relate to. I didn't take long for me to be immersed in her story and experience the change with her.

           Andie has been dating Colin for 1 1/2 years and she feels secure with him. He is a stable person with a well paid job and on top of that, he loves Andie dearly and it shows with his actions. I really loved Colin and knowing that he was going to get his heartbroken made me feel so bad for him from the beginning. Colin was genuinely a nice person, he didn't deserve what Andie did to him and that is part of the reason why I wasn't able to enjoy this book as much. On a road trip to a wedding, Andie is forced to spend time with Colin's best friend, Chase who is the complete opposite of her. Chase is a carefree photographer who lives life his own way and doesn't hold back. He is very cocky and that's what made his interactions with Andie so entertaining. I loved seeing them together, their initial moments on the road trip were some of my favorite. Andie felt more free with Chase, she opened up and shared things with him than she didn't dares tell anyone else. Those little revelations were what brought the change in her and made a difference in her outlook to life.

           One of the major reason I didn't like this book was because of the relationship Andie and Chase had. Yeah, there was no cheating involved, but you know what, it doesn't make that much of a difference. Halfway through the book, Andie realized that she didn't love Colin and he deserves someone who loves him with all her heart and that clearly wasn't Andie, so she breaks up with him in the most horrifying circumstances ever. BUT I was fine with that. What made me so disgusted was the later half of the story when she she started seeing Chase and by seeing I mean having sex. Technically, they didn't do anything wrong, but it never felt right either. Plus, I never connected with Chase, he was a very incomplete character and it's sad because we were given his perspective throughout the story. There wasn't any spark between him and Andie, and for me they were better off as friends than lovers.

           Emancipating Andie was a light-hearted, fun read. I loved watching Andie be a different person, the new change suited her so well. The writing was beautiful as always, I loved Priscilla Glenn's debut, Back To You, and she didn't disappoint with this one in terms of storytelling and relatability. I'm going to remember Andie for a very long time, she was too real and it's hard not to like her. Fans of self-discovery reads will definitely enjoy Emancipating Andie.


      A Copy was provided by AToMR Tours for an honest review, as a part of the blog tour.

      About the Author
      Priscilla Glenn

      Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years while moonlighting as a writer, mommy, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.

      If you catch her when she's feeling sophisticated, she'll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she'll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry's, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.

      Emancipating Andie is Glenn’s second novel. She is also the author of the contemporary romance/young adult crossover, Back to You.

      Find Priscilla on: Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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      Waiting on Wednesday (36)

      May 21, 2013 Aman 11
      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
       
        The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin
      Releases on October 22, 2013

      by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers  


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      Review: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

      May 20, 2013 Aman 34
      Title: Sweet Peril
      Author: Wendy Higgins
      Published: HarperTeen | April 30, 2013
      Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
      Series: The Sweet Trilogy
        Sweet Evil
        Sweet Peril
        Sweet Reckoning

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        Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

        Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

        When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

        Review:

             Want to know what's the best sequel I've ever read? That's right! This one right here! Not because it has the most unique and creative mythology ever. Or the most engaging storyline. Or the most entertaining and realistic cast of characters. Sweet Peril is the Best Sequel I have ever read simply because I have never been more immersed in a story and really felt like being a part of this strong group of people in a very long time. The last book that made me feel that way was Vampire Academy and that series was brilliant! Sweet Peril was such an amazing surprise, I had no expectation from it because the first book was okay for me and I thought that this might be a passerby series (you know the kind, we all have it), but boy was I wrong in my judgement. Sweet Peril simply blew my mind with it's strategic storyline and fleshed out characters. Love!

             Anna is not the nicest girl anymore as far as appearances go. She has changed her look completely and is now known as the party girl. Shocker! I can't even picture her like that, she is an angel for god's sake. But she pulled that image of so well and we all know that she was pretending in order to "work". If you are familiar with the first book then you know the kind of work these characters have to do in order to please their parents and survive. But that is changing! There's a new prophecy that pinned Anna as the savior and the leader of all the Nephlims who want change in the system and are sick of spreading the sins. In Sweet Peril, Anna is building an army of these people and finding ally's around the world. We see her traveling and meeting new characters and overall, making connections and being stronger and more knowledgeable than ever. Anna was the star of the book and I loved her.

             Not only is she smart and patient, Anna is a very focused girl. She know what she wants or WHO she wants and she isn't backing down. Kaiden was a jerk in the first book and when everyone was fangirling over him, I was actually more interested in the other guy, Kope. In fiction, Kaiden is who I'd go for but in reality I want someone like Kope. He is mature, controlled, observant and a very focused guy. If you're looking for a well matched pair, then that would be Anna and Kope but she loves Kaiden and a heart wants what a heart wants. What I loved the most in Sweet Peril was how Wendy Higgins handled the love triangle, if you want to call it that. Both guys had their stories straight, there wasn't any misunderstanding, the girl wasn't stupid or confused. Do you see the pattern? It wasn't a cliched love triangle, it was mature and the sequence of events made sense. And in the end, both guys got a girl who was perfect for them and I can't wait to see how it goes on from there.

             I have nothing negative to say about Sweet Peril. Well maybe the covers could have been different than the generic pretty-girl-and-the-hot-guy, but that's it. There wasn't anything I would have changed in the story or any decision I would not make, I feel like everything that happened in Sweet Peril is what I would have done if I were at Anna's place. I don't know why I'm surprised by the fact that the characters weren't stupid or silly, but that's what I've experienced most of the time, and it's pretty amazing when once in a while you read about someone who is matured and makes the right decision. Not just Anna, everyone was so smart and special in the story and they each had an important role to play. I can't wait to read Sweet Reckoning! I don't know how the author will manage to wrap up the story in one book because I feel like there is so much more to discover in it's world, but you bet I'm going to devour it that day it's out! Love Wendy Higgins!


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        Early Review: The Forever of Ella & Micha by Jessica Sorensen

        May 18, 2013 Aman 16
        Title: The Forever of Ella and Micha
        Author: Jessica Sorensen
        Published: Forever | May 28, 2012
        Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
        Series: The Secret
          The Secret of Ella and Micha
          The Forever of Ella and Micha
          The Temptation of Lila and Ethan

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          Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.

          Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.

          Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

          Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.

          Review:

               I didn't knew what to expect from The Forever of Ella & Micha besides the wedding proposal (the ring is on the cover, duh!), but I was so excited when I got accepted to review an advance copy. I loved loved loved Ella & Micha's journey in the first book, they are such an emotionally connected couple and I thought that we were done with their story, but after reading this sequel and giving a lot of thought into if it's needed in the series or not, I believe that YES, The Forever was absolutely required for Ella and Micha to pass that stage of self doubt and get rid of all the baggage in order to achieve the forever kind of happiness in their lives.

               Ella and Micha are finally together after all they've been through in the last book. The past is buried, Ella's brother's is getting married, her father is in rehab getting treatment and she is finally happy with where she is in life, but in the back of her mind, Ella still believes that she is not stable and can never achieve happiness because of what happened to her mother. She feels like she might go crazy at some point in her life and she doesn't want Micha to be a part of it. My heart broke for Ella, I completely understood her reasons for acting that way but I just wanted to shake her and let her see how much that man loved her and will never leave her no matter what happens. She needed to let go of that self-doubt and insecurities, but it took way to long for that to happen, and poor Micha was dragged along with her emotional drama. Like I said, it was necessary for Ella and Micha to go through this stage, but reading about it made me so frustrated. It was like taking one step forward and five steps back.

               Whatever the cover might say, The Forever of Ella & Micha was not a romantic book, it did have a very real, raw and highly emotional romance, but I cried more than I swooned and I'm not sure if I feel good about that. Ugh. I'm still so undecided on my feelings. On one hand it is a fairly well written, enjoyable read that adds a lot of depth in the characters relationship, but on the other hand, I didn't love it as much as The Secret of Ella and Micha. I wasn't connected with the characters and I'll admit that I was bored at times with the repetitiveness of the issues. In the end, I get why the sequel was written and I 100% agree that the direction the author took was necessary for the couple, but it didn't turn out to be a very pleasant journey for me. If you're happy with how things ended in the first book, then you don't need to read the sequel, but if you're curious enough, then do give it a try. I loved Ethan in this book, he was straight forward, funny and a very helpful friend, and I'm really looking forward to his book.


          A Copy was provided by the Publisher for an honest review via Netgalley. (Thank You!)
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          Stacking The Shelves (6)

          May 17, 2013 Aman 11
          Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Review where 
          bloggers shares the books they bought, won or received for review.

          These are the books I got in the last 2 weeks.
           Click on the images for their Goodreads page.


          Bought

           




          Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor
          Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
          Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
          Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini LOVED IT!!! (Read & Reviewed here)
          Allure (Arouse #2) by Nina Lane Super Excited for this! 
          Hale Maree by Misty Provencher
          On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves LOVED IT!!!
           

          For Review

           


          Our Song by Jordana Fraiberg
          Devoured (Devoured #1) by Emily Snow
          The Forever of Ella & Micha (The Secret #2)  by Jessica Sorensen
          Outcast by Adrienne Kress

          A Huge Thanks to Razorbill, Touchstone Books, Hachette Book Group and Diversion Books!

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          Blog Tour: Drowning in You by Rebecca Berto

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          Today, I'm hosting a tour stop stop for Rebecca Berto's Drowning in You, organized by Xpresso Book Tours. I have a Guest Post and a giveaway to share, but first here's a little bit about the book. 

          Drowning in You
          Rebecca Berto
          Released on April 12, 2013
          Contemporary Romance, NA

          Secretly crushing

          Crushed by a tragedy

          Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.

          Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.

          And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.

          When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune.

          But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.

          Disclaimer: Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and crude language.

          Guest Post: Best New Adult Fiction by Rebecca Berto 


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          Cover Reveal: Angelstone by Hanna Peach

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          Angelstone
          Hanna Peach
          Releasing on May 31, 2013
          Genre: YA Fantasy
          Series: Dark Angel
          Angelfire
          Angelstone
          Angelsong

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          After escaping from the Hollows and the Michaelea lightwarriors, Jordan takes Alyx and Israel to Aradale, a secret Rogue community, where they appear to be safe − for now. But did they bring the enemy with them? “Mini”, the strange and speechless young girl they rescued from the Hollows, is not as she seems. Why was Elder Michael keeping her locked up? What is she hiding?

          Alyx and Israel are driven further apart as Israel continues to obsess over making Adere human and Alyx hides two secrets from him: that he may be part-demon and that she may be carrying his child, a tri-blood keye that can be used to unlock Hell.

          Out in the mortal cities, pieces of Black Stone, the only material that can disrupt the angels’ healing abilities, continue to be stolen to make weapons for Samyara’s dark army. Alyx and her friends must stop them, but this means infiltrating holy and guarded places to steal the Black Stone − a monastery in remote China, a mosque in Saudi Arabia, an art gallery in Florence and a cathedral in Peru.

          Can they win this deadly race against the Darkened?


          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


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          Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

          May 15, 2013 Aman 24
          Title: Dreamless
          Author: Josephine Angelini
          Published: HarperTeen | May 29, 2012
          Genre: Mythology, YA
          Series: Starcrossed
          Starcrossed 
          Dreamless
          Goddess
           
          Goodreads | Purchase
          Can true love be forgotten?

          As the only Scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

          Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.

          As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

          Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling STARCROSSED delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds expectation.

          Review:

          Oh.My.God! Now that's what I'm talking about! Simply Brilliant!!!

               Everytime I pick up a Josephine Angelini book, I'm amazed with how cleverly she plots the mythology in her stories. It is not the usual read about some gods and their children creating a havoc in some freakish world, what I love the most about this series is it's reference and parallelism with the Trojan War events. Every character is so special and has such an important role for the story to progress in a certain path. And I love watching that path unfold. Dreamless was an incredible read and much better from it's predecessor.

               Helen has grown tremendously in Dreamless, she's not the same shy, clueless and whiny girl. In Starcrossed she was new to the world of Greeks and was trying her hardest to adapt to it and get use to her powers, but in Dreamless, she is ready to take risks and fulfill her duty as predicted by the Oracle. Helen is the only one who can descend in the Underworld at her will and every night she goes there trying to find a way to free the Scions from the blood debt. The first quarter of the story was very slow paced, but it sets up the book and introduces the readers to surrounding and overall environment in the Underworld and how brutal it is to survive there if you're unaware of your destination. Helen literally tortured herself every night and it's making her extremely weak to the point of dying. The only person helping her go through the Underworld is a fellow Scion, Orion.

               Dreamless does not have a love triangle. Given that Helen spend most of her time with Orion, I never felt like she had any strong feelings for him besides friendship. It's not like they were making out all the time, they were in Underworld most of the time fighting deadly creatures and finding a solution to the Furies-revenge problem. It's definitely not love, Helen is still head over heels in love with Lucas even if she wants to believe it or not. The whole Helen and Lucas situation reminded me of Clare and Jace thing from The Mortal Instruments.  I just want all the misunderstanding and lies to be over with so that we can move forward. I would say the biggest question in this series and the one that would make the most difference is: Who is Helen's father? It has to be someone big, probably one of the Gods. I'm so curious and excited to know his identity. I can't wait to read Goddess, it is going to be EPIC!

               Dreamless was everything I'd hoped to be. It didn't truly resolve the issues I wanted, but it gave back so much more in terms of mythology, well researched world, character development, a lot of entertainment and constant chilling action. The ending blew my mind, I never could've guessed it. Josephine Angelini proved why I love this series with Dreamless. It's one of a kind, it's not dependent on romance, it does have a major plotline that is going to explode in Goddess. I'm dying to read that last installment and I have a feeling there's going to be a Second Trojan War. Eep! Is it going to happen? Will someone deflect it? Are we going to meet more Gods? And who the hell is Helen's father? Can't Wait!


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          Waiting on Wednesday (35)

          May 14, 2013 Aman 12
          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
           
            Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover
          Releases on July 9, 2013

          by Atria Books 

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          Book Blitz: Until I Break by M. Leighton

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          Until I Break
          M. Leighton
          Releasing on May 14, 2013
          Contemporary Romance, Adult


          Laura Drake is an author. She writes bestselling paranormal romances that continue to top the charts. She is sharp. She is confident. She is in control.

          And she doesn’t exist.

          Samantha Jansen is the woman behind the wig, the woman most of the world doesn’t know exists. She is shy. She is insecure. She is nothing like her main character or her alter ego. She is scarred—deeply scarred—by a past she can’t let go of and a present she can’t make peace with.

          Samantha’s dreams are consumed by one man, the broken hero from her books. Mason Strait is both her wildest fantasy and her most terrifying nightmare.

          When Samantha meets Alec Brand, a corporate consultant, it is as though Mason has come to life. Alec is handsome to a fault, as elegant as he is arrogant, and more intense than any man has a right to be.

          Samantha is soon sucked into a world that mirrors the fiction she writes. Just like her main character, Daire Kirby, Samantha finds herself unable to resist the forbidden lure of Alec. And just like Daire, she also finds that she is faced with taking a chance on a man who could either set her free or destroy her.

          The scale tilts toward destruction when Samantha finds out that Alec is as much a work of fiction as Mason. And he has scars of his own, scars that could ruin them both.

          **This book may be read as a stand-alone, as the story of Alec and Samantha comes to a conclusion in this book**

          Excerpt


               I know from lots of experience to let Ari sort out all the clamoring and select the next person to ask a question.  So, patiently, with hands folded demurely in my lap, I wait.

               It’s odd, the comfort that I feel in the wig, glasses and heavy makeup.  My Laura Drake get-up is much more than a disguise, it’s a shield—a protective barrier that keeps the world out and the tender Samantha Jansen (the real me) in.  


               As my eyes drift through the crowd again, they’re drawn to the back of the room, to a latecomer.  I feel my jaw go slack and, slowly, the earth stops spinning, grinding to a halt.  For a moment, it’s as though the entire world is as breathless and reverent as I am.


               My first thought is that someone has managed to find the exact image I have of Mason Strait, the one that’s only ever been in my head and in my darkest dreams, and send him here as a publicity stunt.


               Even from this distance, I can see that his eyes are a soft, pale green.  They’re framed in thick, jet-black lashes that match his jet-black hair. It’s cut much like I imagined it would be—business short. It’s a little mussed at the moment, like he’s run his fingers through it a few times, but that just makes it look even more like Mason’s.


               His lean face is tan and his cheeks are covered in a light dusting of five o’clock shadow even though it’s still early afternoon.  His lips are perfectly sculpted and his jaw is square.  He even has that engaging dimple in his strong chin.  


               As my stunned eyes travel away from his face, I’m astonished that he’s even dressed like Mason might be when he’s out prowling around—casual, non-threatening.  Sexy.  


               His broad chest is covered in a white button-up shirt that looks like it’s made of expensive brushed cotton.  His long, muscular legs are clad in faded blue jeans that look like they were cut and sewn with his body in mind.  And on his feet?  Nothing less than dusty cowboy boots.


               This can’t be happening!  I think just before voices penetrate my thrall.  


               “Ms. Drake!”
               “Ms. Drake!”
               “Ms. Drake! Over here!”


               People are calling my name from all over the room, people vying for my attention, people anxious to ask me a question about my books, my life or my characters.  I glance around at several of the faces.  Temporarily, they distract me from the breathtakingly handsome man at the back of the room.


               Within seconds, my gaze is drawn to the back of the room again as if pulled by a magnet.  The doorway is empty now.  The bottom drops out of my stomach, so keen is my disappointment.  I suppress the urge to jump out of my seat and run through the crowd, out the rear door to see if I can get one more glimpse of him.  I feel desperate for one more glimpse of my Mason.


               Ari’s voice brings me back to my purpose here.  “You, sir,” he says in his authoritative voice.  


               Ari Nelson is my friend as well as my publicist.  He has strawberry blond hair and a no-nonsense way about him.  He makes calm out of chaos, reason out of randomness, and he can wrangle a raucous bunch like nobody’s business.  He’s a thousand kinds of wonderful and he prefers his men much like I do—dark and strong. 


               “Ms. Drake, does inspiration for your stories stem from personal experience?” The smooth voice causes chills to erupt down my arms and I search for the corresponding face in the crowd.  


               My eyes stop on a familiar face. His lips aren’t moving, but I have no doubt whatsoever that the velvety voice belongs to this real-life Mason.  He’s easy to spot, as he stands a few inches taller than everyone around him.  I had been so focused on the doorway that seemed to have swallowed him up that I didn’t see him standing at the far edge of the crowd.


               But now, I can’t see anything else, anyone else.  


               His eyes are locked on mine, waiting.  They aren’t smiling or flirtatious, or even curious; they’re just…intense.  


               When I don’t answer immediately, he asks another question.  “Are you Daire Kirby?”


               As my mind spins over his words, he watches me. I get the feeling he’s trying to see inside me, trying to find the truth, to find the softest, most vulnerable part of me and expose it.  Just like Mason would.


               The physical similarities between this man and my fictional leading man leave me breathless.  The similarities that seem to float just beneath the surface leave me terrified.


               Although I’ve answered his question dozens of times and have memorized a nice, pat spiel to address it, my mind goes blank.  It’s as though the only thing I’m aware of is the invisible thread that this man has, within seconds, tied around some battered part of my soul and is using to pull me toward him like a puppet on a string.  


               It’s quiet around us as the others in the room await my answer.  When I give none, “Mason” moves forward.  I watch, completely immobilized, as he fluidly weaves his way through the bodies until he’s within a couple of feet of me.  


               He looks up at me where I sit on the stage, his familiar green eyes stripping me bare in front of all these people, and he asks the one question that scares me more than anything else.  “Are you looking for your Mason Strait?”


               I’ve asked myself that same thing over and over and over again.  Do I want to escape my past?  To forget it and move on like it never happened, like it hasn’t affected me?  Or do I secretly want someone to take me back to it, to explore it with me?  To free me inside it?


               “Your name, sir?” 


               I still haven’t said a word when Ari speaks, bringing me back from…somewhere else.


               Translucent jade eyes never leave mine as the stranger leans forward, extending his hand.  It seems he’s introducing himself to me rather than answering Ari’s question.  What I don’t think this man realizes is that he’s giving my dreams and my nightmares a new name.  


               “Brand.  Alec Brand.” 

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           About the Author
          M. Leighton

          New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton lives in the deep South with her super-hero husband and super-smart malti-poo.  She has a fondness for coffee and chocolate, loves the color red, laughs at almost anything and often stares out her window, daydreaming of far-away places.

          Find Michelle on: | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

           

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