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Review: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

November 28, 2013 Aman 8
Title: Through The Ever Night
Author: Veronica Rossi
Published: HarperCollins | Jan 8, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Source: Bought
Series: Under The Never Sky
Under The Never Sky
Through The Ever Night
Into The Still Blue

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It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
Review:
 Readalong with Sarika and Janhvi from The Readdicts
Check out Janhvi's review here!

     Through the Ever Night was so much better and energizing than I expected!!! Seeing that Aria and Perry were separated for the major part of the story (and no, that's not a spoiler! It happened pretty early in the story) thus probably resulting in the lack of romance, I assumed this read to be rather dull compared to Under the Never Sky, BUT I was dead wrong!I have never felt a connection as strong as Aria and Perry's; even when they are apart, their strong devotion to each other showed clearly in their perspectives. They didn't need to be together all the time and show the reader how much they loved each other by their interaction, just the thought of it was enough. And I'm so thankful that their was no love triangle, therefore from the romance standpoint, this sequel was a definite hit!

     After their emotionally captivating reunion, Perry moved Aria to his home, The Tides, and introduced her to his people, but like anyone expected, the outsiders were not happy with having a Dweller in their home. They treated Aria so cruelly just using their vile words and showed no humanity even after she helped them during one of the Aether storms. I was so glad that Roar was there with Aria at every step of the way, supporting her and guiding her with making the right decision. One of those decisions forced her to leave Perry in order to continue her search of the Still Blue, and even though I hated Aria initially for making that choice, I think it was in the best interest of everyone. Also, Perry being the new Lord of The Tides had huge responsibilities to fulfill and there was no way he could have accompanied Aria on the journey. I loved the direction of the story, it was so clever, considerate and commendable. My favorite part was visiting the Horns and finally meeting Liv! That was the moment I'd been waiting for since I read the Roar & Liv novella and I have to say that it was pretty unexpected and kind of shocking and sad at the same time. I don't know what to expect from their relationship in the future, but I'm hoping it's all positive.

     I didn't realize it at the time of reading but later on Janhvi reminded me of how incomplete and uninteresting Perry's character was without Aria. I wasn't really into his personal story, though I did enjoy reading about the Tides and seeing how the people were faring, but overall, if I had to pick between Aria and Perry for an additionally extended pov, I would most certainty go for Aria because she is a very vibrant and brave character and one can never be bored by her. Also, I'm hoping that we get a pov on Cinder in the finale book because boy, the secrets we learned in the end about his powers and how it connected to the Still Blue was beyond shocking. I was completely blown away by that knowledge and that alone makes me want to start the next book ASAP.

     Through The Ever Night was a brilliantly crafted and awe-inspiringly executed read. I'm in love with the vividly painted world that the author has created and the beautiful star-crossed romance she has written. I only hope that it has a good ending for everyone.


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Top Ten Tuesday (10)

November 26, 2013 Aman 9
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
 where bloggers share their opinions on bookish topics in list form.

Topic: Things I Am Thankful For 


I don't like this topic. If you know me personally, then you know that it's hard for me to emotionally express my feelings. It's easy to write something, but saying it out-loud is a bit challenging. When I think about all the things I'm thankful for, it's hard to me to practically acknowledge it, let alone feel thankful for. Does that sound stupid or am I actually making some sense? I hope it's the latter! Well, for the sake of being comfortable, I'll only mention "on the surface" things and won't go too deep.
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Review: Champion by Marie Lu

November 25, 2013 Aman 9
Title: Champion
Author: Marie Lu
Published: Putnam Juvenile | Nov 5, 2013
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Series: Legend
Legend
Prodigy
Champion

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The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.
Review:

THIS IS THE BEST!!!!!

     If I could give a million stars to any book, Champion would be the only one worthy of that honor. I can't even beginning to tell you how much I loved this book! Not only was it perfect in every aspect, it made me believe in Day and June as a couple. If you've been following my reviews for this series, then you know that the only problem I ever had throughout the series was picturing June as a trustworthy love interest. 

     June is one of the smartest heroines I've ever read about, the way her brain works and pieces everything together is beyond commendable, but her ability to control her emotions--which might be great weapon when fighting against an opponent--makes her seem very emotionless to the reader, thus making it extremely difficult to connect with her and moreover, trust her. Throughout Prodigy, I always thought the June was going to betray Day, and the same thought carried over in this book. While reading Champion, I never thought Day and June were going to last long, there is too much bad history between them that it is mentally and emotionally impossible to forgive and forget, BUT I can't tell you how perfect and apt the ending was! Marie Lu is a genius and I'll forever bow down to her for changing my mid so quickly about something that seemed impossible. Champion was great book as it is, but the ending made it 100 times better. I absolutely love that Champion ended up shocking me to my bones yet making me extremely happy at the same time, it beats the ending to every book I've ever read.

     Enough with the ending! Champion opens up with Day still being treated for his brain illness with no good results. His health is deteriorating fast and there is nothing he can do to stop it. While he's spending his time with Eden and bonding any chance he gets, June is following her Princeps duties and doesn't feel it's right for her. The main focus in Champion was to form a peace treaty between The Republics and The Colonies, and as expected, things don't go over smoothly with any of the parties. Amidst the shaky Republic rule, where one side supports the new Elector regardless of his age and others stuck their noses up in judgement, there is a threat of war from The Colonies. All these components made Champion a fast paced, thrilling read with non stop action and plotting. At any given time, something major was happening in the story and that's what I love the most about Marie Lu's storytelling. There was never a dull moment!

     Champion was easily the best book in this lot and the Legend series is hands down The Best Dystopian series I've read. Hunger Games is long gone and far left behind, but this series will forever be in my heart. Thank You, Marie Lu, for creating this incredible series and introducing us to the most amazing and strong willed characters. Day and June will always remain my most cherished couple.


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Stacking the Shleves (20)

November 23, 2013 Aman 20
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Review where bloggers
 share the books they bought, won or received for review.  

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Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway): Snowed Over by Angie Stanton

November 21, 2013 Aman 5
Snowed Over is easily one of the best novellas I've read and I'm so excited to share my review with you guys! Thank You to AToMR Tours for letting me be a part of this tour. Full schedule can be found here.

Title: Snowed Over
Author: Angie Stanton
Published: Vanguard Management, Inc. | Oct 12, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
Source: From AToMR Tours for review
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To college student, Katie Brandt, ‘Home for the Holidays’ sounds like hell. When her parents separated, their holiday traditions shattered like a dropped ornament. What could be worse than celebrating Christmas with her suddenly single mom and mom’s new boyfriend?

Alex Walker, an engaged 20-year-old, dreads going home for his own reasons. He has a daunting task ahead of him and wishes he could skip the holidays altogether. So when a friend of a friend needs a ride north, Alex finds that having beautiful Katie seated by his side proves to be just the distraction he needs.

A simple ride home for Christmas turns into a nightmare when light snow rages into a full-scale blizzard. Katie and Alex find themselves stranded, and a vacant cabin becomes a haven from the storm.
Under different circumstances, time alone with Alex would be the ultimate Christmas gift, but Katie knows Alex is engaged and she must hide her growing attraction.

However, Alex harbors a secret that just might change this holiday from the worst Christmas ever, to the best.
Review:

     Snowed Over was such a cute, little, perfect novella for holidays. I didn't expect it to be that diverse and wholesome by having additional family problems and resolutions to the already present romance. I loved that it was much more than 2 people being stranded on Christmas and falling in love. Though it was exactly that, but with a bit more spice and drama. Snowed Over is indeed of the of best novella's I've ever read, it had a full book experience in just few pages.

     Told from dual perspective, Snowed Over follows Katie and Alex's journey back home for Christmas and like any of us expected, it doesn't go smoothly. Some bad weather, freak accident and no help results in them being stranded in a cabin for a few days with no electricity and no connection with the outside world. Oh boy, this is a recipe for a great romance and I loved every second of it! Not only were Katie and Alex undeniably attracted to each other, I loved that there were some boyfriend/girlfriend issues that kept in check, atleast for a while. This story seemed like a very simple and sweet romance from afar, but the drama in it added the extra oomph it needed to take this book to the higher level. I commend Angie Stanton for writing this novella so brilliantly and giving us what we wanted (the romance!) yet keeping the other issues open for our imagination.

     Snowed Over is The Novella everyone should read this Christmas! It's fast, addicting and definitely leaves a mark by the end. I haven't read anything else by the author, but you bet I'm going to do that next!



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Early Review: Searching For Someday by Jennifer Probst

November 20, 2013 Aman 9
Title: Searching For Someday
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publication: Simon and Schuster | Nov 24, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: From Publisher for Review (Thank You!)
Series: Love Spells
Searching For Someday
Searching For Perfect

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Kate has given up on love—at least for herself. She is both blessed and cursed with the ability to sense a romantic connection between two people—a gift that her family passed down for generations. When Kate launches her own matchmaking company, Kinnection, with her two best friends in a cozy New York town, she has to put aside her own romantic disasters to make her business a success.

But when a furious man stalks into her office and accuses her business of being a scam, Kate is given the ultimate challenge to prove herself. Slade puts himself in her hands and asks Kate to find him love. Enraged at his arrogance but stubbornly eager to prove herself, Kate agrees, dedicating herself to the journey of finding him love...only to find herself falling for him along the way.
Review:

     Being a huge fan of Marriage to a Billionaire series, I knew that I was in for a fun time with Jennifer Probst's new series, Love Spells, and I was exactly right! Searching For Someday had the same formula as Probst other books: rich guy +  career-driven girl + a book of spell = A great, passionate and heartwarming love story! You would expect the stories to be repetitive after a while but I find them completely different and unique from it's predecessors, and I think what sets them apart are the characters and their own interesting background and believes.

     Kate runs a matchmaking business with her two best friends, Kennedy and Arilyn, and before you start picturing her as Patti Stanger, let me tell you that she couldn't have been much different than the overly loud and obnoxious Patti. Kate was a very nice, simple girl who believed in love and happily ever after, someone who took her job very seriously and was really in it to help people find their soulmate. Can you tell how much I loved her? It was instant connection! When her new client's older brother accused her business as a scam and threatened with a possible law suit, Kate was left with only once choice: Accept that said rude lawyer as a client and prove once and for all that love really does exist. Isn't that a perfect storyline for a hopeless romantic like me? From the first page, I knew it was going to be a hit in my book! Kate and Slade clashed at every point and even though they pretended to have a professional relationship with each other, it was clear that they were going to cross the line and give in to their emotions. The tension between them was so sexually dominant and irresistible, and once they were together, their chemistry was off the charts hot and sizzling! I loved the romance in this book, Kate and Slade were the epitome of opposites attract couples.

    Although, I did find some negatives, particularly in the second half where Kate & Slade's casual relationship frustrated me beyond my understanding. Without going into spoilery details, my issue was that both these characters incorporated a sequence in the story and instead of solving that sequence, they kept repeating it for no damn reason. And even in the end, the transformation seemed very unbelievable and out of the blue. I certainly didn't bought at that time, but now I'm in the neutral zone. I can see it happening in real life, but I wish the fiction part was more convincing.

     Regardless, I had a blast reading this book! Searching For Someday is the perfect romance read that hooks you in from the first page and makes you want to experience that hopeless romantic love once in your lifetime. I strongly recommend this book to every person who believes in the soulmate connection and love at first sight. Also, if you were a Wolfe fan in Probst other series, you better check out this one because we do get a lot of teasers regarding his story. I'm super excited for that!



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Top Ten Tuesday (9)

November 19, 2013 Aman 16
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
 where bloggers share their opinions on bookish topics in list form.

Topic: Books I'd Recommend to My Non-Reader Friend


My goal here is to recommend simple read, ones that have enough emotional punch in it to make them want to read more. For new readers, I feel like too emotional, ugly cry sort of books would make them run for the hills. So here is my list!

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Review: Archangel's Legion by Nalini Singh

November 15, 2013 Aman 7
Title: Archangel's Legion 
Author: Nalini Singh
Published: Jove | Oct 29, 2013
Genre: paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Bought
Series: Guild Hunter
Angels' Blood
Archangel's Kiss
Archangel's Consort
Archangel's Blade
Archangel's Storm
Archangel's Legion

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Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war.

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.

Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.

Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.

Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…
Review:

     Archangel's Legion is probably one of the toughest books to review in this whole series, for me personally. At one hand I loved the story, the characters showed immense growth since the last book and the direction the story took with all the twist & turns was simply brilliant, but on the other, it took me ridiculous amount of time to get through the story, I felt like it failed to grasp my full attention and made an easy distraction, which in turn made me extremely frustrated and honestly, pissed off for the entire week. It's hard to say I loved this book when my experience wasn't the best, but that's exactly what I want to say because at the end of the day, I whole-heartedly loved this installment. Didn't I say it was hard to explain? My emotions are all over the place!

What I Liked


Elena and Raphael as a couple: They're the most strongest and powerful couple in this entire series. Both these characters come from a different world and after all the struggles they went through in the previous books, it makes me so glad to see them together and happy. But at the same point, I love that they are not the perfect couple. I love that they fight and call each other out on things that don't seem right. I love that even though there is a major power difference, Raphael always sees Elena as his equal and never judges her actions. I love that Raphael respects Elena's family matter and doesn't interfere. Simple, I love this couple. They are genuine, completely reletable and easily rootable couple.

Side character: Oh My God! We finally get to meet Naasir and I don't know what the hell he is, but I dying to know more about this tiger-like abilities. He's so sexy and mysterious yet super dangerous at the same time. It's safe to say that I'm intrigued and I want more! On another note, I'm so glad that we got to see the real Aodhan and uncover his childhood background with Illium. Their relationship is so precious and I'm really looking forward to getting to know them more deeply. But I do want to mention that I was slightly disappointed with the absence of Venom. Besides Aodhan, he is my all time favorite character and I missed my cocky, smart ass, bad boy.

The story itself aka The Cascade: Cascade means new changes, new powers given to every Archangel and Raphael was a recipient of one of those powers. With power comes madness and throughout the story, we see Elena fearing for Raphael and his future. There was one moment in particular where Elena completely lead her shield down and showed her true emotions to Raphael and that part made me fall in love with them even more.

What I Didn't Like


Difficult to get into: Like I said before, for some reason, I had to force myself to pick this book up. Once I started reading it, there were no issues, it was just initiating the process that was troublesome. I never felt the sense of urgency to finish this book, it wasn't addictive in any way and if this was not written by Nalini Singh, I probably would have put it on hold, which is just another excuse for not reading the book. I can't even say that it was a pace issue because things were happening at every point and the story was moving forward at a steady pace. And it's not a mood thing either. I don't know the answer to that.

Lijuan: I'm so sick of this old Archangel. Her plotline is getting so repetitive and I seriously thought that she was [spoiler]going to die (really die!) in this book, but that didn't happen. Bitch is still alive![end of spoiler]
   
     So there aren't that many negatives, just a few personal ones. Overall, I'm--believe it or not-- highly impressed by Archangel's Legion. Like every book in this series, it was an action packed, full on entertainment read that I'm sure fans will love and appreciate. Throughout the story, I kept questioning what in the world does Legion mean and we don't get to know that answer until the very end, but it was well worth the wait. My reaction was mind=blown and I hope yours will be too!


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A Shout Out To: Pamela Clare's I-Team series

November 14, 2013 Aman 6
Okay, so let me start by asking who here is a fan of sexy reads? Hopefully everyone!
Who loves men in uniform?
Now, who loves men in unifrom in extremely dangerous and risque situations?
Now lets add some kick ass journalist girls in the mix. 
And we can't forget a swoon-worthy, "you know what" dropping romance!
And viola! We have the I-Team series by Pamela Clare!


I-Team by Pamela Clare
Published by Berkley Sensation
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Adult

Extreme Exposure (Kara & Recee)
Hard Evidence (Tessa & Julian)
Unlawful Contact (Sophie & Marc) My Favorite!!!
Naked Edge (Kat & Gabe)
Breaking Point (Natalie & Zach) Second Favorite!!!
Striking Distance (Laura & Javier)

Here are my reviews! All of them, except one, are 5 stars reads!

But here's the catch, it's much more than a sexy romance. Every story is focused on one particular issue in society, world, etc, and by the end of the story, it always feel like you've learned something important.

For example, the first book is about political corruption and before you say boring, let me tell you that it's the opposite of that! But moving on, the other issues discussed throughout the series are sex trafficking, prison inmate treatment, mexican cartel and the most recent one, kidnapping & possible terrorism. I'm sure these subjects sound very heavy and too hard to read, but Pamela Clare is a mastermind in balancing her reads with equal amounts of action and romance. 

I-Team series is a full on entertainment package and it makes me sad that most readers aren't even aware of it. So here's my part in promoting this series and hoping that you would give it a shot. I think it's best suited for fans of dark, edgy contemporary who are not afraid of facing the reality. Also, J.A. Redmerski's Killing Sarai was very simpler yet sort of similar version of Breaking Point. If you enjoyed that book, you should definitely check out this series!

What do you think? Is it something for you?
If not, we're still cool :) If yes, you're welcome!


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Top Ten Tuesday (8)

November 12, 2013 Aman 19
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
 where bloggers share their opinions on bookish topics in list form.

Topic: Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

 

I love this topic! There are so many cover I wish were more accurate for the story and done right. Or just pretty, because who doesn't love a beautiful cover. So here's my list!


1. A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole: All the earlier books in this series have really bad covers. So bad that I would never buy their paperbacks and place on my shelf. But I do love the story. It's one of the best PNR's I have ever read and it would be a huge mistake to judge the series on it's cover. The newer ones are much better, I wish they would redesign the old ones too.

2. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles: This book was soooo good, but the cover is very cheesy. I wouldn't want to be caught reading it in public.

3. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead: It still looks fan made. No matter how hard I try to love it, it's just not happening. But I do love this series and yes, I have this one pre-ordered in hardcover. I'm really hoping that it would look better in print. Fingers crossed!

4. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols: It's not a bad cover by any means, but I feel like it's time to redesign it. The cover is just like any another book and doesn't tell what the story is about.

5. Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines: I wanted to cry when I saw that cover! This is my favorite NA series to date and I loved the previous covers, but this one was very bad. It's too slutty and indecent, and I don't like it at all. Just cover her breasts and I would be cool with it. On another note, it's pretty ironic for me to say that this was an indecent cover because I have promoted way too revealing book covers than that, but for some reason, this felt forced. Like the designer wanted to show that it was an NA by adding some nakedness when it wasn't really required.



6. Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: I'm still mad at this cover change. I do like it as a box set, but as a standalone, I don't think it works. It's too plain.

7. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout: When I first saw this cover, I thought it was a joke. This is probably the worst in this list, and I know you're seeing Rajmund next to it and shaking your head, but NO. Origin is a bad cover job for me. And I'm so mad at it that I still haven't picked it up yet.

8. Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz: I stopped reading this series after the fifth book and I have to say that in terms of cover, the series is very consistent. But I think it could be much better. This one is very simple and doesn't tell a whole lot about the story. So a new cover redesign should be in order.

9. Hale Maree by Misty Provencher: I love the background image, but the cover needs to be more polished. And it wouldn't hurt to change the font.

10. Raymund by D.B. Reyonlds: All books in this series needs a cover change. They are sloppy, weird and random. I love this series too and I want other people to read it. A good cover can make it very popular and demanding.

So that's all for this week. Which one do you think needs a cover change ASAP?
Let me know in the comments and don't forget to leave me a link to your TTT.


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Early Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

November 11, 2013 Aman 11
Title: Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication: Harlequin Teen | Nov 26, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
Series: Pushing The Limits
Pushing The Limits
Crossing The Line (Novella)
Dare You To
Crash Into You

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From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.
Review:

     Oh, my baby Isaiah finally got his book and it was Ah.Mazing! Not that I expected anything else, Katie McGarry is known to deliver heart-warming, dramatic contemporaries with enough realism incorporated to make it appealing to any audiences, and with the release of Crash Into You, I can safely say that the author didn't disappoint. However, like her previous books, I wasn't head over heels in love with it either. I loved Isaiah. I loved Rachel. I liked them as a couple and thought they balanced each other well, but I can't help but think that there was definitely something missing in this book. Maybe their chemistry wasn't that strong or maybe all that car talk deviated me from seeing them as a romantic pair. I don't know the exact reason but something wasn't right.

     I've wanted to read Isaiah's book since Pushing The Limits came out and oddly enough, I never rooted for him & Beth, so when I found out that he was going to get some rich, suburban, street racer chick, I can't even describe how excited and over the moon I was with this perfect pairing. Isaiah likes cars: building them, remodeling them, fixing them--he's The guy for all car problems and enhancements, but his life took a 180 when he finally met his match in Rachel, a girl who was overly obsessed with cars. I've to say, I was very impressed with Rachel's vast car knowledge, it's not something you see often in a heroine and I commend McGarry to take that unconventional route. But at the same time, there was too much car talk in this book, to the point where I had doubts about it being a romance. Also, Rachel was a very innocent/naive character and I had an on & off relationship with her. There were times when I loved her for her loyal nature and bold stance, but then I would hate her for not standing up to her brothers and especially her parents. Overall, as a character, I ended up admiring Rachel, seeing the progress she made throughout the story was truly applaudable. She might not be the usual strong, kickass girl, but she was a very trustworthy and loving person--someone who Isaiah desperately needed in his shitty life. 

     The romance, per say, was my least favorite part because, like I said before, that spark and undeniable passion was missing between Isaiah and Rachel. It was crystal clear that they loved each other from their first meeting and would do anything to protect the other, but I didn't find that deep bond we saw between Echo & Noah and even Beth & Ryan. Though I did love the secondary characters--from Abby to Eric (didn't think I would say that! But he was very intriguing and I wish he gets a book because he definitely has a hell of a story to tell) to Logan and even the Young brothers, Gavin, Jack, West and Ethan. If I had to pick my favorite, it would be Ethan but too bad he's not the one getting the next book.

     Crash Into You was yet another highly entertaining, addicting and emotional story about a boy from the wrong side of the track who was dealt with a shitty hand in life and a girl from the right side who is still struggling to find herself, and somewhere between their love for cars and speed, they form a relationship, so pure and strong that even the society norms couldn't break them apart. Wow! I should've written the blurb! :D



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Stacking the Shelves (19)

November 10, 2013 Aman 15
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Review where bloggers
 share the books they bought, won or received for review.  

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Review + Giveaway: Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

November 8, 2013 Aman 10
Title: Sentinel
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Published: Spencer Hill Press |Nov 2, 2013 
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Greek Mythology, YA  
Source: Bought  
Series: Covenant
Daimon (Novella)
Half-Blood
Pure
Deity
Elixir (Novella)
Apollyon
Sentinel

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It's a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.
Review:

     Sentinel was nothing I ever expected and that could be a good thing, but sadly in this case, it wasn't. As a finale book, I expected Sentinel to blow my mind with it's war epicness and "God Killer" Mythology, but what I actually got was a flat and un-epic (?) story about two sappy lovers. What I'm trying to say is that Sentinel didn't feel like a final book in a series, it didn't have that seriousness and focus required when preparing for something huge, everything was ha ha funny to the characters and I certainly wasn't laughing with them. However, I didn't hate it (How could I? It had Seth!). Sentinel lies somewhere in the middle on my rating chart, but I will give it half a star more just because the ending made me believe that there might be a spin off for Seth. And that's a huge might be but I'm rooting for it!

     Sentinel opens up with Alex observing the repercussions of her fight with Ares, the most visible one being the multiple permanent scars on her body. From thereon, we see Alex and the whole gang preparing for a war with Ares. Amongst those people is Seth and for the purpose of not spoiling anything, I'll only say that the change we saw in Seth's behavior was beyond commendable. The amount of sacrifice he made to right the wrongs in this book alone makes me so proud of being his supporter from the very beginning; Seth is most definitely my favorite character ever and nothing can change that! As for the romance, I could care less about it. Not that I didn't like Aiden before, but in this book specifically, he sounded very sappy (I need to find another word for that!). And I will agree to skipping all those make out scenes--which were A LOT-- because they felt oddly placed. Furthermore, I wasn't satisfied with the involvement of the secondary character, besides Deacon's humor here and there, I didn't see anything special from their side.

     Wow, I just noticed how negative my review sounds. Well, there were some things I loved, namely the new God added in the mix. Oh, he as such a delight! He appeared as an older and more naughtier version of Seth to me, so naturally I was a fan! Other than that, I love the progress made for the half blood in this book, that's the whole issue that started this series and I was extremely happy to see it resolved for the better. All in all, Sentinel was a pretty decent ending to Covenant series, it might not be epic but it did answered all my questions and nicely wrapped up all the issues. So I can't really complain too much. Fans of this series would most definitely be satisfied with the ending in the least, though for me, the ending was the favorite part. I loved how every piece came together and gave us the ending that was shocking yet expected at the same time.


PS: I'm desperately praying for that spin off! Also, I'm still unclear about the significance of this cover. Let me know in the comments if you know how it connects with the story.

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Review: Greed by Fisher Amelie

November 6, 2013 Aman 11
Title: Greed
Author: Fisher Amelie 
Published: Self | Oct 29, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA 
Source: Bought  
Series: The Seven Deadly
Vain
Greed
Fury

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Gather ‘round, love, because I want you. I want what you have, I want what you don’t have, I want more of what I already have. I want. But if you so much as ask for something in return, go ahead and walk away. Know if you want to play in my world, it’s every man for themselves and the weak become mine. Leeches will be obliterated because I make it my job to destroy them. I protect what’s mine and I take what’s yours…because that’s what I do. I want.

My story will not endear me to you and, frankly, I could care less if it does because I’m in this for the money and nothing else. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a corrupt, money hungry, immoral asshole from Los Angeles. I’m every man’s worst nightmare and every girl’s fantasy.

I’m Spencer Blackwell…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most coveted guy to the guy no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
Review:
ALL THE FEELS!!!!!

     Amelie has once again delivered a powerful read with strong emotions and great life lessons. Greed was a book about Spencer, about him trying to break free of his sinful life created by his devil father, about him starting from scratch and learning to appreciate the people around him, but most of all, Greed was Spencer's journey on breaking the cycle and living a life he loved. 

     We met Spencer in Vain as a filthy rich, spoiled guy who was in love with Sophie. I always pictured him as a cocky, self privileged person who can have anything in the world with a snap of his fingers, but the Spencer I met in this book left me surprised beyond believe. From the first first, he was the most humble, kind and family oriented person I've met, granted that he did some horrible stuff for his dad, but I wouldn't hold that against him and if you've read this book, you would clearly understand where I'm coming from. Spencer was like a prisoner held against his will by his warden dad and no matter how hard he tried, his evil father never let him off his leash. But once Spencer broke through those bond and left his house and money for good, that's when we saw the real him, and I fell in love with that Spencer instantly!

     Greed reminded me a lot of While It Lasts because of the country location and ranch setting, also the city boy-country girl romance, but other than that it was a very original and refreshing story about gratitude, kindness and love. The family Spencer stayed with during his stay on the ranch where such nice folks and if we see the bigger picture, they were the ones that made the difference in Spencer's personality, not that he required any. They opened him up to new possibilities and lifestyle, and ended up changing his life for good. The only issue I had with Greed was the insta love, I'm all for love at first sight but I never felt it in this one. That might be because this was a guy's POV book and where women usually take more time to know if the person is the one, the guys know it instantly. Though once I got to know the girl and see how much she liked Spencer back, I couldn't help fall in love with their relationship. Spencer and (let's call her) C were very cute and adorable together, and I had no doubt in my mind that they would get a happily ever after. It was clear from their first meet.

     Like synosis, like review. HA! In my defence, I didn't wanted to spoil anything for you, but I really hope that reading my thoughts push you into buying this beautiful, heart-warming book. Greed was a yet another powerful story by Fisher Amelie and even though it's not as good as Vain, it's something wonderful and addicting on it's own. This companion gets a thumbs up from this side!



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Top Ten Tuesday (7)

November 5, 2013 Aman 23
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
 where bloggers share their opinions on bookish topics in list form.

Topic: Sequels I Can't Wait To Get My Hands On

 


I'm DYING to read The Retribution of Mara Dyer since last year when I discovered this series. It is hands down my top 5 favorite series of all time, and that's why I'm so mad at the final book's release date being pushed back for so many months. June is soooooo far! I can't wait that long! I want more Mara and Noah NOW!

The other are important too, but I can live if they aren't released in the next few days :)

What books did you pick? Any similar ones?
Let me know in the comments and leave a link to your TTT.

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Mini Reviews: Angelsong & Isn't She Lovely + A little update

November 4, 2013 Aman 7

Update:

Hi guys! So I'm pretty sure you've all noticed by absence last week in the blogsphere and before you assume the obvious, let me clear it up--No, I'm not going on another blogging break. Last week just happened. My excuse is not even good but here it is: I started watching Sons of Anarchy last weekend and before I knew it, I became so addicted to that show (Seriously, if you haven't watched it, you SHOULD! Charlie Hunnam is delicious! And a phenomenal actor) and couldn't stop watching it! Episode after episode, day and night, and honestly, I didn't read anything during that period. So I'm sorry for going off the radar like that, I promise it won't happen again. And if I haven't visited your blog recently, expect me to be there today. Have a great day, guys!

Before you leave, have a look at the books I did manage to somewhat read last week. I thank Rachel for recommending Isn't She Lovely. I loved every second of it!


Title: Angelsong 
Author: Hanna Peach 
Published: Gypsy Publishing | Oct 18, 2013 
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Source: From Author for Review (Thank You)
Series: Dark Angel
Angelfire
Angelstone 

Angelsong
Angelblood

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Israel lies dying from demon poison. To save him, Alyx needs the recipe for the cure, supposedly contained within the Threads of Dark, and she needs Mayrekk’s knowledge of herbs to make it.

But Mayrekk remains imprisoned in Michaelea, being punished for his hand in Alyx’s escape, and Michael himself guards the key to Mayrekk’s freedom. The Threads of Dark is sealed within a secret chamber deep under the Archives of Urielos, a Seraphim city clinging to cliffs somewhere along the coast of Italy. Even if Alyx does manage to find a way into the city, the chamber is guarded by ancient riddles and deadly traps…

Can Alyx rescue Mayrekk and retrieve the Threads of Dark before Israel slips away?
Review:
What Was THAT!?!

     It's safe to say that I wasn't happy with the latest installment of Dark Angel series, Angelsong. It wasn't just the direction of the story that bothered me, I simply wasn't interested in reading about any of these characters or their lives anymore. There comes a time in a series where you're just not invested enough to continue and everything feels wrong and stretched and unnecessary; it's unfortunate to say this but I think that time has arrived for this one. I'm just not into it anymore.

What I Liked:
Since I skimmed most of the book, I don't really remember loving any particular scene. Everything was on the same level and not very gripping. Though I did like how it ended, the twist and the revelations were brilliantly done, that part alone makes me want to stick around and find out more about Alyx's future, but the triangle messes it up and makes it complicated for me.

What I Didn't Like:
Starting with the unnecessary love triangle: What the hell just happened there? I never expected that in a million years. For me Alyx and Israel was perfect together and it was very pointless to add another guy in the mix. Though I have to say that the triangle was presented and reasoned in a very clever way (I'm talking about the part where Alyx had some memory issues). I loved that part, it was very convincing if only I would've bought Alyx and Jordan's feeling for each other. They seemed very forced and honestly, I missed Israel a lot. 

Overall
Angelsong didn't stand out like it's predecessors, it went in a direction that was unexpected and ludicrous. Moreover, I assumed it was the last in the series and realizing that it wasn't made me care less for any of it. Fans of Angel-Demon mythology should give Dark Angel series a try, the third book might not be up to par, but the first two are well worth giving a shot.





Title: Isn't She Lovely
Author: Lauren Layne
Published: Flirt | Oct 28, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: From Publisher for Review (Thank You!)
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The rules are clear—until they’re broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet.

“Who knew that pretending you’re not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?”

Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn’t exactly Ethan Price’s type, either. He’s probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund . . . or does he?

As the summer scene kicks off in the Hamptons, Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget the pedigreed girl who broke his heart. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. She may not love the idea of playing Ethan’s brainless Barbie girlfriend, but the free rent and luxurious digs make a tempting offer. So does the promise of a ready-made screenplay idea inspired by their charade.

But when Stephanie steps into Ethan’s privileged world, the “acting” begins to feel all too real. The kissing and touching that were intended to fool the Hamptons crowd wind up manipulating them. And Stephanie faces a question she’s too afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?
Review:

     I have to start by saying that the title and the cover do no justice to this book. They don't make it stand out among a bunch of other similar contemporaries and I probably, presumptuous of me, wouldn't have picked it up if not for Rachel's recommendation. And I'm so glad I did because Isn't She Lovely turned out to be the most addicting book I've ever read in my life. I started it one random morning just to see what it was about and the next thing I know, I can't stop reading it and within few hours, I've already finished this book and have a goofy smile on my face. Isn't She Lovely was very cute, adorable and a fun coming of age story that I'm sure is reletable to everyone who's experienced college.
 
     Stephanie is your everyday goth girl--black clothes, dark makeup, pissy attitude-- and someone I never though I could understand or connect with. Ethan is a very privileged, popular, smooth talker, charming boy born to a filthy rich family. That's right! This story had an opposite attracts theme going on, but not only that, there was some pretentious couple act and facing your demons issues involved that made this story into a full fledged, drama filled contemporary. Those are my favorite kind and Lauren Layne did such a phenomenal job with bringing the story to life and making me feel all those feels. I loved Stephanie and Ethan's story, from the moment they crashed into each others lives to the end where it was once again proved that they are meant to be together, I was in love. Fans of contemporaries have to read this book! It was quick, fun and an overall entertaining read that should not be missed by anyone! Go one click it!



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