Month: May 2014

May 30
{Review+Giveaway} Don’t Fall by Rachel Schieffelbein

{Review+Giveaway} Don’t Fall by Rachel Schieffelbein

Don’t Fall is a completely contemporary retelling of Rapunzel. I have read 3 or 4 re-tellings of Rapunzel now to date and this was a really interesting one. I know the very first line of the summary states that it is a contemporary retelling, but even going into the book knowing that I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was reading and enjoying the story, but I kept thinking in the back of my head, “what is the twist going to be”. And while there were a few little twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, this book really is 100% a contemporary story about a girl with a very over-protective mother. It was a fresh spin on Rapunzel, very fitting for this day and age actually. I felt for Anya. Her mom is so over the top protective. She is only allowed to venture outside of her house to go to the library. And even then, the main librarian is a friend of the mothers so she is… Read more »

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May 30
{Review+Giveaway} Elsker by S.T. Bende

{Review+Giveaway} Elsker by S.T. Bende

Elsker is the first book in the Norse mythology centric Elsker Saga. I love all things mythology and Norse mythology is particularly fascinating to me because I don’t know as much about it as I do greek and roman mythology. I knew a little bit before I read this book and I have read a Valkayrie book before, but I feel like I learned so much about Norse Mythology from Elsker. I really enjoyed how much it was woven into the story. The main character, Kristia is taking a mythology course while she is studying abroad in Wales and her class lessons were a perfect way for S.T. Bende to work in some details and background information on the Norse Gods. It all worked really well. The book is told completely from Kristia’s point of view, which was nice because it kept Ull mysterious, but I think I would have liked to have gotten some of his point of view as well. It would have been interesting to poke around… Read more »

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May 30
{Review+Giveaway} Finding Haven by T.A. Foster

{Review+Giveaway} Finding Haven by T.A. Foster

Finding Haven is a sweet and heartwarming new adult romance. It was a satisfying read. I am a big fan of T.A. Foster. I loved T.A.’s previous two book, London Falling and then loved Kissing Eden even more, so I had pretty high expectations for Finding Haven. Did it live up? Yes, but not as much as I wanted it to. Don’t get me wrong, I really, really liked Finding Haven, but Evan and Haven didn’t have the same spark that Foster’s previous couples had that I loved so much. Haven is great. She is a breath of fresh air. I loved how devoted she was to her songwriting. I appreciated that while she enjoyed the island, she wanted to get out and live a different kind of life. It was why things would never work out with her and Travis. He wanted to stay on the island. He was content with what he had. And there is no problem with that, but Haven wanted more. She is much just… Read more »

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May 29
{Review+Giveaway} Take Two by Laurelin Paige

{Review+Giveaway} Take Two by Laurelin Paige

Take Two is the story of Micah and Maddie. They randomly meet at a party when Maddie is graduating from film school and what a chance meeting it was! Let’s just say they get friendlier than I have ever gotten with someone I have just met. But then Maddie needs to take care of her drunk friend, Bree and they each go their separate ways. Fast forward 7 years and Micah is a big time movie hearttrob and Maddie is still trying to make it big as a director. I like the premise of the book, I loved Maddie and Micah (most of the time for Micah) and I can’t even tell you how much I loved the chemistry and passion between the two of them. The cover is not my favorite but I do really like the bar with the lettering of the title. It goes well with the acting theme of the book. Take Two is very character driven, which is what I prefer. Maddie is a great… Read more »

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May 28
{Review} A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand

{Review} A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand

A Risk Worth Taking is perfect for fans of Abbi Glines. It reminded me of While it Lasts from her Sea Breeze series, and if you remember my review from that book you will know that Gage is pretty much my favorite guy ever. I am a HUGE fan of Heather’s Paranormal Romance- the Dirty Blood series. They are my favorite werewolf/shifter books of all time, so I knew I had to read her New Adult contemporary, A Risk Worth Taking. And boy oh boy was I glad that I did. I heart-ed the heck out of this book!Summer and Ford have awesome chemistry. They each have issues of their own that are holding them back from fully committing to each other. Summer’s arise more at the start of the book and then somewhere along the line it shifts and Ford’s becomes the one waging an inner struggle. Their story is told in dual narrative shifting between their Point of views. A personal favorite of mine for romances.  I don’t… Read more »

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May 27
{Review+Giveaway} See You in Hell by Demelza Carlton

{Review+Giveaway} See You in Hell by Demelza Carlton

I read See You in Hell right after I finished the short little prequel called Welcome to Hell. You certainly don’t need to read Welcome to Hell first though in order to understand See You in Hell. See You in Hell starts out with Mel starting a job in the Hell Corporation, which stands for the Health, Environment, Life and Lands Corporation. (Welcome to Hell just showed Mel’s job interview for her temp position.) Melody Angel is an angel, working as a temp in the Hell Corporation to try and see if the rumors that Lucifer is there and planning some sort of big takeover are true. Mel thinks that the CEO, Luce Iblis could be Lucifer himself. I loved See you in Hell. It was funny as heck, well planned out and executed and ended up going in a completely different direction that I originally thought it would. Mel is a wonderful character. She breaks all the stereotypes for angels. She is as good as they come, but she… Read more »

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May 26
{Review} Shifting Fates by Aubrey Rose & Nadia Simonenko

{Review} Shifting Fates by Aubrey Rose & Nadia Simonenko

Shifting Fates is a shifter Urban Fantasy written by Authors Aubrey Rose and Nadia Simonenko. I am such a huge fan of Nadia that I knew I just had to read this new series. The first two books are already out, and I think the third book is coming out soon. It is a really interesting concept. The story takes place in the future in the city where New York used to be. There was a war and some kind of disease they came from a bomb explosion, and it turned some people into shifters. They shift into all kinds of animals. Some of them turn into monsters, and because of that they are killed on sight pretty much. Bindi is a shifter and as such she has to live in hiding. She takes care of some orphaned kids and teenagers that were also turned into shifters. She steals extra rations from the city to get enough supplies and food for them to eat. I wasn’t sure if they were… Read more »

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May 25
{Weekly Wrap Up} May 19- 25th

{Weekly Wrap Up} May 19- 25th

Sunday Post is Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves is Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews Wow, where is 2014 going?! May is already almost over!  I got to go to a Fierce Reads event this week and it was a blast! Book-wise, this has been a pretty great week as well. I got second and 4th books in series that I love, plus a whole lot of other awesomes 🙂 Books I got this week: *Thank you so much to Simon Pulse, Entangled Covet,  Quercus Books, and all of the authors for these awesome books! * (Click on the book covers to go to the book goodreads page) I love the Centaur Redemption series. This is the 4th book, and it is still the ONLY ya/na series that I have found about Centaurs. And then of course, I am THRILLED to get books 1 & 2 in the Mixology series from Alyssa Rose Ivy, because anything she writes is amazing. She is one of my favorite authors. Weekly… Read more »

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May 25
{Review} Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

{Review} Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

As soon as I heard that this was a re-telling of Peter Pan I was excited to read Second Star. When I started to see reviews saying this was a unique take on the story, I was even more intrigued. Second Star is the story of Wendy Darling. And I have to say, this is a pretty incredible book. It is a very quick read. I easily devoured it in a couple of hours. I was so impressed with the story that Alyssa B. Sheinmel came up with. Yes, it is a re-telling of sorts of Peter Pan, but it seemed like way more than that to me. The character names are the same, and there are loose similarities in themes, but overall this is a wonderfully executed story. I am still not 100% sure what exactly happened at the end of the story. Was it completely contemporary or was there a touch of magic? It could have been either and I applaud Alyssa for how she pulled it all… Read more »

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May 24
{Event Recap+Giveaway} #FierceReads Author Tour: Vero Beach Book Center

{Event Recap+Giveaway} #FierceReads Author Tour: Vero Beach Book Center

  I could not have been more excited when Macmillan and #FierceReads reached out to me and asked me to be the featured blogger for the Vero Beach stop on the Fierce Reads tour. I couldn’t wait to the authors. I got to the bookstore about an hour before the event began, and waited for the authors. They were all so nice when they showed up, and I got the opportunity to interview them before the event started. I was pretty nervous, I had never interviewed an author in person before, let alone 4 at once. (My interview is coming…I am still transcribing it from my recorder.) My favorite part of the tour was just watching the authors interact with each other. The four of them had such great chemistry together. They seemed to get really close throughout this leg of the tour. They all had really great senses of humor, and had no problem taking jokes and dishing them right back. It was so much fun to witness. They… Read more »

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