Feb 18, 2019

Weekly Spotlight - Jennifer Castle



 i've found that letting something stay broken for a little while helps me understand it.” 





You Look Different in Real Life
For the rest of the world, the movies are entertainment. For Justine, they're real life.

The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There'd be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star.

Now sixteen, Justine doesn't feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies, feels like a disappointment.

But these teens have a bond that goes deeper than what's on film. They've all shared the painful details of their lives with countless viewers. They all know how it feels to have fans as well as friends. So when this latest movie gives them the chance to reunite, Justine and her costars are going to take it. Because sometimes, the only way to see yourself is through someone else's eyes.

Smart, fresh, and frequently funny, You Look Different in Real Lifeis a piercing novel about life in an age where the lines between what's personal and what's public aren't always clear. 




The Beginning of After
Sixteen-year-old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all, there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel’s life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss, a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.


Feb 14, 2019

A Beautiful Dark

A Beautiful Dark
by Jocelyn Davies

Book: A Beautiful Dark #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub Date: September 27, 2011
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Print 
Source: Bought
Book Links: Goodreads  Amazon  BookDepository 

On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites—like fire and ice—Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move—only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.

In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.

A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies.


My Review: LOVED THIS! 

So at first I wasn't too sure where this book was going and if I would end up finishing it. But after the first few chapters, it really picked up and was worth every page.

Sky is on her way to her not exactly a surprise birthday party. Her friends never listen and throw her a party every year. But this year is going to be different. Two random guys show up, her eyes change, and the coffee shop looks like its been to hell and back. People think it was just some freak earthquake, however, they have no idea how wrong they are.

As if things weren't weird enough, the two mysterious boys are now at her school, in every single class as Sky, and very chatty with her. At least they want to be...

After some odd things that Sky can't explain, the accident on the school trip, and her eyes somehow being silver. Sky needs answers, and only Asher and Devin can give them to her.

Asher and Devin finally reveal to Sky the reason they are there. What they are and what she is. At least what they think she is...Sky is different from everyone. Stronger, more powerful than those around her. Just...she doesn't know what powers she has and how to exactly control them. Currently...they are just a bit uncontrolled. But, after some time, Sky notices it can react to her emotions. 

Her emotions cause a huge power surge through her in the ending. The order and rebellion have no idea what she is but now they want her dealt with or choose a side. 

A huge amazing ending and I'm already diving into the next book! 



My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Feb 12, 2019

The Gilded Wolves

The Gilded Wolves
by Roshani Chokshi

Book: The Gilded Wolves #1
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Pub Date: January 15, 2019
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Print
Source: Borrowed

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can't yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.


My Review: Oh boy.....

After trying out this book, I think I'm not going to continue with this author. Sadly, none of her books I've tried were more than 2 stars...

This is probably the first book, in which I gave up right at the start. The sound of the book was amazing, the history, location, etc. It all hit the mark on things I liked and finally thought this would be it...but nope. I gave up after the 3rd chapter. I just couldnt get over at how boring the characters were. The details lacked in some areas and then there was too much detail where there shouldn't have been. There were many POV that I just couldnt get into.

Sadly, this just wasn't what I had hoped it to be.


My Rating:

Feb 11, 2019

Weekly Spotlight - Stardust




Make You See Stars
A fresh start…

Determined to have a life of her own, Victoria Weiss flees the safe haven of New Berlin on the planet Mars by accepting an internship on the most remote space station in the solar system. Being the daughter of the Great German ambassador isn’t all glitter and glamour, and Tori needs a fresh start away from her overbearing parents. 
But running away from your past isn’t easy when you’ve hidden away the darkest parts. Tori hasn’t trusted men ever since a sexual encounter that left her soul scarred, and when the station’s Chief of Security shows an interest in her, she feels torn between running away from him and allowing herself to open up to new possibilities.

A troubled past…

The last thing Alen Novak expects is to lose his head over an Elite girl. But when Tori Weiss walks into his life, he can’t help but feel she’s different from the Great German leaders who effectively destroyed his Croatian homeland during the Great Wars in Europe. Even though he is the station’s Security Chief, Alen doesn’t command the respect of all his colleagues because of his prison past – and he’s afraid Tori will dismiss him for it right out of the gate. After all, he’s been hurt by a woman he loved before.

Fanning the flames of passion…

There’s no way to avoid working together, though, and the two are irresistibly drawn to each other. Will Tori and Alen learn how to face their darkest fears, or will the past nip their passionate love in the bud?

A sweet, erotic romance for lovers of New Adult with a hint of Futuristic.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+






Chase You to the Sun
When Svetlana Ivanova lands a job on Desida One as trade liaison for the Russian Elite, she is over the moon. Even though her rich father owns the largest gemstone mine in the solar system, Lana wants to make it under her own steam. Working on one of the Desidan space stations is a dream come true. 

Things take a turn for the worse, though, when she and her friends Tori and Alen are attacked by rebels on their way to Earth. Bruce Randall, a notorious space pirate and her father’s worst enemy, kidnaps her to hold her for ransom. If Mr. Ivanov doesn’t pay up, she’ll get hurt – badly. Bruce may have a handsome face, but his soul is darker than the night. Or so he claims, anyway.

Locked up in a mansion in an unknown location on Earth, Lana’s world slowly begins to unravel. Bruce is not just holding her hostage for money – in fact, he tells her things about her father’s company that she can’t believe. The pirate seems to know more about her mother’s death, five years ago, than she was ever told. And his kisses may be dangerous, but too good to resist.

Lana comes to realize that beneath the villainy and violence, Bruce is a man very different from the character in the stories told about him. A man with crushed ideals and a past haunting him everywhere he goes, no matter what he does.

A man she could fall for.


A slightly darker, erotic romance novel in the Stardust Series, for lovers of New Adult with a hint of Futuristic.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**







Fly You to the Moon
After her father’s death, the last thing Ava Windsor wants is to leave Earth and move to an Elite colony on the moon for the next ten months. Nicolas, a half-uncle she doesn’t even remember meeting, is to be her custodian until she reaches the age of twenty-one. Until then, she is not allowed to touch the money her dad has left her. Being the only child of a disowned Elite father and a common mother just got a lot more complicated. 

But surviving among the Luna Six Elitists who treat commoners as servants should have been the least of Ava’s worries. Nicolas Carter is nothing like she expected. He condemns the Elite lifestyle, he is a lot younger than her father, and he is definitely way sexier. 
Ten months on the moon seem like an eternity if you know you shouldn’t be falling for your guardian… but just can’t help yourself. 

A sweet, steamy romance novella for lovers of New Adult with a hint of Futuristic. 

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**


Feb 4, 2019

Weekly Spotlight - Rosamund Hodge


“They said that love was terrifying and tender, wild and sweet, and none of it made any sense.
But now I knew that every mad word was true.” 








Cruel Beauty
Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.


Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.


With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.


But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.


As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.








Crimson Bound
When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?


Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.













Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
Sabriel meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning and atmospheric novel—the first in a duology—from the author of Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound.

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting.


Jan 31, 2019

Steel

Steel
by Carrie Vaughn

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub Date: March 2011
Genre: Young Adult 
Format: Print
Source: Bought

It was a slender length of rusted steel, tapered to a point at one end and jagged at the other, as if it had broken. A thousand people would step over it and think it trash, but not her.

This was the tip of a rapier.
Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.

The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate's life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.

Time travel, swordplay, and romance combine in an original high-seas adventure from New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.


My Review: This book was okay...not what I'm used to fro Carrie.

Everything started off just fine with Jill in her fencing tournaments, going on vacation with her family, etc. Just typical and normal teenage stuff. But that all changes during a walk on the beach.

Jill finds an old sword, so old its rusted and broken. Heck, it even looks centuries old, and boy little did she know about that.

On a boat ride with her family, Jill falls overboard and ends up on the Diana ship that's lead by an awesome pirate lady. Jill is now surrounded by pirates and no clue that she just jumped back centuries to where pirates still existed everywhere. 

Unfortunately, this is where it starts to get boring for me. First few chapters about learning the ropes of the ship and all around her was great. But then from there the story and details just dragged out longer than it needed to. I think with less chapters of her out at sea would have made the book better. 

By the time, we got back to where Jill was brought back to present time, there was barley any pages left and I would have preferred to have a little more about what it's like being back.

Overall, it was okay.

My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Jan 29, 2019

Entangled

Entangled
by Cat Clarke

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Quercus Books
Pub Date: January 2011
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Print 
Source: Bought


Real, compulsive and intense: Cat Clarke is the queen of emotional suspense. For fans of Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott and Jandy Nelson.

Seventeen-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got there.
As Grace starts writing, pouring her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget: falling hopelessly in love with Nat, and the unravelling of her friendship with her best mate Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see?

Grace must face the most important question of all.

Why is she here?

A compulsive thriller of dangerous secrets, intense friendships and electrifying attraction. 


My Review: DNF.

NOPE. Just nope. I couldn't stand this book at all. Grace wakes up in a room and has no idea how she got there and just kept thinking she's been kidnapped but with her own room and gets served nice food. 

She just keeps going back and forth about her friend Sal, about a boy she likes and about being lonely and wanting to end it all. About halfway through the book it was still the same story. She's lonely, likes a boy, etc. Nothing is really changing, she is nowhere close to figuring out where she is and why. 

I just couldn't stand this book. It was slow, repetitive, and just plain boring. 


My Rating:

Jan 28, 2019

Weekly Spotlight - Stitch




Stitch
Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.
Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.
Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…
The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.







Shudder
It's only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.






Stuck
3, 2, 1... BOOM.

Things are finally looking up for the Resistance. Sure, Alessa is still processing the revelation that the best friend she'd presumed dead is miraculously alive, though far from well... And her boyfriend is being manipulated under threat of blackmail. But her quest for justice against those behind the systematic extermination of the world population is so close to victory she can taste it.

And then in a matter of seconds, everything Alessa believes in is shaken to the core. Months of preparation are obliterated. The people she cares for most are lost.

But Alessa is still standing. And Paragon must pay.

The odds are grim, but unexpected allies surface in the most unlikely of places: A new pair of citizens still under the colony's rule who notice something amiss in the latest drama. An old adversary who realizes the error of her ways. And a veritable army of inhuman power and terrible strength, with an insatiable thirst for vengeance. The trustworthiness of each of these factions is yet to be proven, but without many other options, Alessa may have to take what she can get. Especially since the Engineers, never to be outdone, also have a few more tricks up their sleeves...

The long-awaited final installment in the riveting Stitch Trilogy, Stuck will have readers gripping their seats as Alessa and a handful of intrepid survivors usher their harrowing journey to a close, risking everything as they endeavor - once and for all - to set things right. 


Jan 24, 2019

The Resolution of Callie and Kayden

The Resolution of Callie and Kayden
by Jessica Sorensen

Book: The Coincidence #6
Publisher: Createspace
Pub Date: September 2014
Genre: New Adult
Format: Print 
Source: Bought
Book LinksGoodreads  Amazon  Book Depository

Things are going well for Callie and Kayden. They’re still dealing with their past and the pain connected to it, but for the most part they’ve moved on. The biggest decision they have at the moment is what they want to do with their lives in the future. 

Eventually, though, the past catches up with them and they’re left facing tough choices. But Callie and Kayden learn that as long as they have each other, they can make it through just about anything. And in the end, they discover what they really want out of life. 


My Review: Loved seeing the end of Callie and Kayden's story. 

Callie and Kayden are doing great. Going to school, spending time together, and being happy. However, there are days where Kayden still has trouble letting go of things and being happy.

Kayden goes to class, plays football, goes to his therapist, hasn't talked to those who hurt him and he has the best girl in the world. Yet, he still lest his past get to him. Unfortunately, his past is going to come back, but only for a short time. He will finally face his mother and the loss of the man who hurt him. Only then can he really feel freed from his past and look forward. 

Callie is stuck on writing her latest story, however, it doesn't take long before she sparks a title and the story starts to flow from her. Classes are going well, her life is moving forward and she has the best guy out there. Currently she is doing well and hopes to get Kayden to live with her as their next step.

Together they will help each other. Kayden surprising Callie with their own apartment is just the start. Once the Holidays are over, they can finally finish moving in and making the place their own. Callie being there when Kayden faces his past and watching him be truly happy. The greatest part of all is Callie looking at her necklace with her new name...Kayden's name.



My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Jan 22, 2019

The Me I Meant to Be

The Me I Meant to Be
by Sophie Jordan

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: HMH Books
Pub Date: January 1, 2019
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Print
Source: Bought
Book LinksGoodreads  Amazon  Book Depository

Girl Code: Never date a friend’s ex.

Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her…

No keeping secrets from your bestie.

Flor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life, and her struggling grades. So why can’t she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she’s got Willa, her constant in the chaos.

Breaking the code breaks friendships.

Two friends find themselves tempted by love that defies the rules in this steamy romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles. 


My Review: It's sad to admit, but I had a hard time getting into this book. Which for me, really sucks, as I have loved every book by Sophie and hadn't had an issue getting into any of her books before.

However, I pushed through the first few chapters and finally got into it the book until the final page. 

The girls are all going through something different, but in the end they learn that their friendship is what matters the most. Not who gets the guy, who has the best grades, who has the most money, etc. Luckily though, no one stays mad for long and in no time things are back to normal.






My Rating:
✪✪✪✪
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