Month: August 2014

Aug 26
{Review+Giveaway} Storm Siren by Mary Weber @TNZFiction @mchristineweber

{Review+Giveaway} Storm Siren by Mary Weber @TNZFiction @mchristineweber

Storm Siren is going to be one of the Young Adult Fantasy greats. The kind of book that people are still talking about years from now and the kind of book where the hype gets bigger and bigger for each book. It already is that way for me. I absolutely loved this book! I devoured in one sitting. I was waiting to get my car repaired and it was the only time that I wasn’t bored to tears in the waiting room. The book started off on the right note for me- it had a map of the world right at the start of the book. Personally, I think this should be a necessary addition to every fantasy book creating a new world. It just helps me paint the picture of the lands in my mind. So when the author is throwing out new locations and people, you are not as confused. I loved the world that Mary Weber created. There are a lot a new names, and like any… Read more »

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Aug 26
{Review+Giveaway} Keeping Mr. Right Now by @RobinBielman @RomanceIsBliss

{Review+Giveaway} Keeping Mr. Right Now by @RobinBielman @RomanceIsBliss

  Entangled’s line of “Bliss” books always put me in a good mood. They are feel good romances- plain and simple. keeping Mr. Right Now was great! It was the perfect mixture of sweet, sassy romantic fun that I needed. I find myself turning to these happy romantic “feel good” reads when I am particularly stressed, and Keeping Mr. Right Now did the trick, planting a big smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. The plot is a rather simple one, but when it is well done it is a plot line that works spectacularly for me. Hot guy is used to getting any girl he wants and is kind of a player. He is the “big man on campus” or in this case, a world class surfer. Enter a quiet and reserved girl that is so far from his normal type. There is normally some awesome clashing of characters and lots of chemistry.  Call me a sucker, but I just love watching a guy meet… Read more »

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Aug 25
{ARC Review} The Midnight Queen by by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

{ARC Review} The Midnight Queen by by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

The Midnight Queen has many different feels to it. It is like a historical and a fantasy all rolled into one. The world felt very realistic with a current of magic running throughout. It is a setting that I really take to. I love imagining our world (or historical London) as a magical place with wizards and spells and intrigue around every corner. The story follows Grey, who is studying to hone his magic and the young Sophie. Sophie is age appropriate for young adult books, but the language and writing style of this book is much more on an adult level. I don’t mean profanity, I mean the actual language. It is more dense and flowery. It takes a while to get used to the way the book is written and the meandering slow pace at which the story unfolds but both the language and the pacing felt very fitting for the time period and the overall atmosphere of the book. Grey and Sophie are both very likable, and… Read more »

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Aug 25
{Excerpt+Giveaway} The Marriage Agenda by @SarahBallance

{Excerpt+Giveaway} The Marriage Agenda by @SarahBallance

  The Marriage Agenda by Sarah Ballance Contemporary Romance Date Published: August 18, 2014    There’s a scandal brewing in Washington…  Knox Hamilton wants his father’s recently vacated Senate seat, but the only way his conservative constituents are going to vote for Knox is if he loses his playboy reputation. Which means Knox needs a wife. There’s only one woman with whom he’s willing to share his life, but after the way he broke things off with her, will she give him another chance? Chloe Lochlan’s job is on the line. If she doesn’t grab a big headline, she’ll be ousted from her gig at the major newspaper where she works as a reporter. Knox’s offer of marriage chills her to the bone. He already crushed her heart once and she has no intention of letting it happen again. But being with him gives her the kind of access to top tier social events rarely granted to media, access that could land her the story of a lifetime. When the… Read more »

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Aug 24
{Review} Coral and Bone by @TiffanyDaune

{Review} Coral and Bone by @TiffanyDaune

Coral and Bone is the first book in the young adult fantasy series. I don’t know the name of the series yet, but author Tiffany Daune has said that it will be a trilogy. I am excited that there is going to be more, because while I felt like it took me almost the whole novel to get my bearings in the rich multiple realm world that Tiffany has created, I now have a good understanding of the world and characters, and I am ready to see more Halen and Dax. And Tage. Halen is thrown into the whole world basically blind. I really felt for her. I felt like the readers were just as blind as her. We only knew what she knew and no one would give her more than just bits and pieces of the answers she so badly wanted. About her sister, about her guardian, and about just what was expected of her. Even about what she was. She is a blue moon siren. I admired… Read more »

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Aug 23
{Weekly Wrap Up} Week of August 17th-24th

{Weekly Wrap Up} Week of August 17th-24th

Sunday Post is Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves is Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews Hey guys! How has your week been? I feel like I am still playing catch up with everything. I didn’t have as much time for reading as I normally do, and that kind of bummed me out, but work and job searching has kept me really busy.  No physical books this week, but I did get some great ebooks and eARCs. I was also super excited to become a KLover from Kensington books Books I got this week: *Thank you so much to Forever, NetGalley, Grand Central Publishing, Macmillan, Entangled Teen, Swoon Romance, Hachette Book Group, Little Brown, Twisted Fairy Publishing, and all of the authors for these awesome books! * (Click on the book covers to go to the book goodreads/amazon page)   Are you guys ready? I found 2 awesome FREE kindle books this week. As always, you can follow me on Twitter (@BookBriefs) so you never miss the books… Read more »

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Aug 22
{Review} Pretty Instinct by S.E. Hall

{Review} Pretty Instinct by S.E. Hall

I hate writing negative reviews. Especially about books that I get for review. I screen my books so carefully, but there are bound to be at least a few books that I thought I would really enjoy that just end up not working out. And Pretty Instinct was one of those books. I love new adult contemporary, but this one just wasn’t for me. Now I do have to say, I am in the extreme minority here! There are almost 1,500 ratings and almost 300 reviews on goodreads! And almost all of them are 5 star! Throw in a small amount of DNFs and an even smaller amount of bad ratings from people that finished the book, and I am left thinking if maybe this time I got it wrong? But even though I wanted to DNF this book a few times (ok more than a few time) I didn’t, I stuck it out and read the whole thing. And I still didn’t connect with the book. The characters were… Read more »

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Aug 21
{Review+Giveaway} Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux @LadyWave4

{Review+Giveaway} Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux @LadyWave4

Crossing the Ice is the first in a new ice skating series by Jennifer Comeaux. It is a spin off series from her Edge series. The ice skaters from the Edge series are the coaches in the Ice series, so they make plenty of appearances. I never read the Edge series, but I so completely loved Crossing the Ice that I am excited to see what the Edge series is about. Figure Skating is my favorite sport in the winter Olympics, so I was really excited to see how Jennifer was going to be able to bring the sport to life through her book. And boy did she ever bring it life. The routines in the series were particularly exciting for me to read, because I felt like I was actually watching the pairs figure skating on tv. It was pretty incredible how vividly Jennifer Comeaux was able to paint the scenes and how fluid and realistic they felt. Another favorite of the book for me was the main characters… Read more »

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Aug 21
{Review+Interview+Giveaway} Indiscretion by @1ElisabethGrace

{Review+Interview+Giveaway} Indiscretion by @1ElisabethGrace

This review is for volumes 1 and 2 of the New Adult Serial Romance- Indiscretion. I have had some meh experiences with novellas and short stories lately. I kept picking up shorts that were not well developed, utterly rushed and just weren’t grabbing my attention. But I just needed the fabulous Elisabeth Grace to restore my faith in the novella. And Serial novellas are my favorite kind of short story. I am absolutely LOVING Indiscretion. I just got my copy of volume 3 yesterday and I am already itching to put aside my current book to read it. The chemistry between Chloe and Max sizzles and jumps off the page. I know the deal between them is no strings attached and just something casual, but the way they are around each other is surprisingly tender and beyond wonderful. I am always so blown away with what Elisabeth Grace is able to do with her characters. And what she is able to do in just 70 or so pages in incredible!… Read more »

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Aug 20
{Review+Giveaway} The Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan

{Review+Giveaway} The Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan

The Cinderella Theorem overall was a really great read. I had a few small issues with the book early, but they were minor things and I am so glad that I didn’t let them get in the way of enjoying the story, because this was a book that just kept getting better and better. I loved the concept of the story and the main character, Lily was a delight. Lily loves math, she likes logic and she likes being able to get the same answer every time she does the same problem. I loved her commentary throughout the story, told through math equations and footnotes. It was so funny. Lily Sparrow is just a normal high school student when she comes home on her 15th birthday to find out that her dad is not dead like she thought, but rather the ruler of a magical land where all fairy tale characters go to live out their “happily ever after”. A cool concept but it was in this initial phase that… Read more »

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