Sunday, June 30, 2013

June Recap, July Schedule

It's time again for that monthly recap of my blog. What does that mean? Well, I bore you with the books I've read, the things I've done at this point in the summer, and just talk about random things. I also like to let people know my plans for the next month, which includes more summer things, the books I can't wait to read that are coming out, and all the blogging things I've got scheduled already (I add to and subtract things from the "Schedule" tab on my blog constantly). 

June Recap:
Firstly, I want to welcome all of my new followers! 
*awkwardly waves*

You guys are what keep me posting all the time. When I get a new comment, it makes me smile. I appreciate it more than you know! :) 

When I first started the blog, it was just something for fun, a hobby. It's since turned into a book blog, and I love it! It's pretty boring looking, to say the least. But I have the perfect design in my head; I just don't know how to make it. I will look into that, hopefully soon. :)

Secondly, onto the books. Well, let's just say, I haven't read as many as I wanted to. Currently, I'm about 41 books behind schedule on my Goodreads challenge. Yikes! And I've only managed to read 1 book on my NetGalley challenge (Thank God that it's a yearly thing, not monthly). That was Taking Back Forever, and you can read my review full of Lilo & Stitch gifs here. I have an addiction for all things Disney. You'll find that out as you read more and more of my posts. 

Memes that I participate in weekly.
Join them! They're so much fun! I'm thinking I need to add to them, do one everyday. If you know of any good ones, please let me know! It just can't be on the same day as these ones. :)

Thirdly, my summer activities. Other than my little brother's baseball games, I've done nothing. Two weekends in a row, my plans were ruined. And these plans were the ones I was really excited for. Let's just say, I was pissed. This summer hasn't turned out so great. I'm just going to spend my time securing an on-campus job for the school year, blogging, hanging out with friends and family whenever I can, and knocking down my never ending to-read list. 

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July Schedule:
I don't have much scheduled right now. What I do have scheduled is two cover reveals, two release day launches, and one book blitz (possibly another). I've been asked to do a few tours, but they weren't of books I'd either read or didn't think I'd like. There was one that I signed up for but never heard anything back about, so I'm probably not on the tour. I'm just waiting to do one that I'd really like to do. I'd love to finally participate in one and become more involved in the blogging world.

I also LOVE signing up for ARCs of books. I got two that I really wanted: Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris and Found (The Crescent Chronicles, #3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Their reviews both need to be done before the release day launches. :)

Here's something to think about, my fellow followers: I'm going to work on a giveaway for this month. It'll be my first. I just need to figure out all the deets, clean my room and organize my bookshelves, AND reach 100 followers. I'm so close, guys! Help me reach that amount, so I can give back to avid bookworms like myself. :)

Also, if you are following me via GFC, please do so via Bloglovin! Google Friend Connect will be gone tomorrow, July 1st! I don't want to lose any of my faithful readers (and I don't want you guys to miss any of my posts, if you know, you actually read and like them). Make sure you know that you need to follow your favorite blogs by other ways! 

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So, I think that's that. 

Well, I guess there are some July books that I'm anticipating their release of (some that I've even already read or can read early thanks to e-ARCs), including:
  • Losing Hope, July 8th. I actually have an early e-ARC of this thanks to NetGalley! As soon as I'm finished with the three books I'm currently reading, I'm starting it.
  • Found (The Crescent Chronicles, #3), July 16th. Again, I have an e-ARC of this for the release day launch post. Look for it on the scheduled release date!
  • Blurred (Kiss of Death, #2), July 2nd. I pre-ordered this in March, and I'm so excited to receive my paperback of it! I've already read it, thanks to Tara Fuller and Entangled Publishing. But it is one of my favorite covers ever and one of my favorite books, so I'm glad to be getting it in paperback. :)
  • Never Say Goodbye (Never Say Goodbye, #1), July 20th. 
There's probably more, but for the life of me, I can't remember them. :)

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Random question, one that I'm extremely curious about coming from other bookworms.

Do you prefer paperbacks or hardcover? Why?

Let me know in the comments below! Or check out the poll I have underneath my Bloglovin follow button. Although, I'd rather hear the why part and not just your answer. :) 

I'm going to keep track of all the answers this month, and next month when I make another post like this, I'm going to tally it up and let everyone know. It'll be July's poll. (I'm going to start doing monthly polls on a bookish question that I have for my fellow readers). 

Oh, and my answer to that question? I love paperbacks more. I don't know why, but it's not because of the price difference. Hardcovers are just so clunky, for lack of a better term. I hate how the covers always slip off to the point where I have to take them off just to read the book. If you were to check out my bookshelves, you'd see that about 90% of them are paperbacks. :)


Why do I want the answer to that question? Well, I've been curious about what people like (It will come in handy for future giveaways), and also it's because I've always loved paperbacks more. One of my favorite blogs asked the question, and a lot of the readers said they preferred hardcover, even though they're more expensive. Then, because I was curious, I asked my bookworm friend, Liz. She said she liked paperbacks more. We got into a discussion about it, as we do with all bookish things. But.. to each their own. :) 

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That's all I have for y'all! I'm hoping to get a great start on reading for July. Usually, I do, but then it starts to slow down. I really need to read as many as I can this summer, because when I go back to school, it's gonna be hard to find enough time to finish my homework, let alone read a book. 

I'm also really excited for this week, because it's the 4th of July! Woohoooooo! Why am I excited? Well, my family (not just mom and the brothers--alllll my relatives on the Underhill side) have a family picnic at my favorite lake around our area. Grilling, delicious food, swimming, beach volleyball, baseball game with the cousins and uncles, and just hanging out with my favorite people on earth. It's gonna be a blast! Hopefully I can see some fireworks, too. This is what I live for in the summer: spending time with my cousins, the best friends I'll ever have. 

Okay, this post is extremely long. I swear, I love to talk too much. I mean.. er.. I love to write too much (don't take that literally--I love writing so much I'd never quit). Really, if you guys read all this, you deserve a high five. Except, I can't give you one over the internet. Or can I?

There's your virtual high five for continuing to put a smile on my face every time you comment on a post of mine. :D

So, anyway, that's it! Yes, I really mean it this time. I have nothing else to talk about. 

Thanks for following my blog! :) 

Showcase Sunday #8

Showcase Sunday is a featured weekly event hosted by Books, Biscuits, and TeaAny blogger can participate by showcasing what books or swag they received during the week--whether they were bought, downloaded, borrowed, or won.

Paperback:
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. So this book doesn't even come out until September, but I was lucky enough to win an ARC thanks to Victoria over at Zemfirka Blogs. I was really excited to win, because I'm never able to go to things like BEA and Book Bash, so I never have the chance to receive actual print ARCs of books. I also finished this in like two days. I really loved it!
Kindle:
  • The Sibylline Oracle (The Sibylline Trilogy, #1) by Delia J. Colvin. Amazon freebie.
  • The Ice Captain's Daughter by S.G. Rogers. Amazon freebie.
  • Branded (Sinners, #1) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki. One of the most highly anticipated summer reads of 2013. I'm currently reading it, and I'm floored with how good it is!
For Review (e-ARCs):
  • Taste the Heat (Love and Games, #1) by Rachel Harris. 
  • Found (The Crescent Chronicles, #3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy. I'm so excited to read this one!
 NetGalley:
  • The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce.
  • The Wrong Girl (Freak House, #1) by C.J. Archer.
  • Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2) by Colleen Hoover (AKA: CoHo). So I pre-ordered Allegiant and Losing Hope, except I ordered the paperback of Losing Hope, which doesn't come out until October 16th. I felt so stupid, and I would have had to wait until then to read this. But then I saw it on NetGalley, and it was on the "read now" shelf! Ahhh! I can read this even earlier, and I don't have to wait for my paperback to come in the mail four months from now. 
  • A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair, #1) by Emma Jane Holloway.

What books did you receive this week? Leave me a comment so I can check out your book haul! :)

PS: If you follow me via GFC only, please consider following me via Bloglovin. Google Friend Connect will be gone (tomorrow, I think!) and I've been trying to warn my readers. And if you do follow, let me know, so I can follow you back. :)

PSS: Check out my poll underneath my Bloglovin button. I'm really curious to see what everyone else thinks about books. :)

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Clockwork Cathedral Review

*I received a e-copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don't read many historical books. I don't know why that is, but maybe it has to do with the fact that sometimes they can get quite boring. Usually I'll read them if they have at least some other aspect to them other than the history and romance. 

The Clockwork Cathedral was a fascinating book, intertwining a little bit of history with the elements of time-traveling. 

*Possible spoilers in the My Thoughts section. You've been warned.

Rating: 4/5 stars!
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The Characters:
Felicia: She's a medical student, so she knows and understands science fairly well. But it took a lot of convincing from Seamus that she really did fall through a rip in time. And when she knows in her heart that he's right, her world starts to fall apart. Her family is back there. Her friends. Her nephew, who is dying. She needs to get home, but she also takes the time to appreciate this piece of the past that she's only read about in history books. I thought Felicia was a strong character, and she is especially, because she's an independent woman in a time where women were the inferior race. She's a feminist with a sharp tongue and even sharper wit. Even though she's in a different time, she doesn't stop being herself. Her courage in a frightening situation was very refreshing. 

Seamus: The crazy, mad Irish scientist who accidentally creates the time rip that brings Felicia there. He's a very quiet and endearing man, who just wants to help. And he loves puzzles, so trying to figure out why this is all happening is extremely interesting to him. He's called a mad man by fellow neighbors and society. But there's more to him than meets the eye, a past that haunts him. He's caring and kind, and he treats everyone equally in a time where women and Black people were cast aside. As he and Felicia grow closer, Seamus starts to care for this woman and her "wild" ways. For how can he let her go when he wants her stay?

Hazel:
I loved Hazel's character! A young girl, a runaway, who lives on the streets and does odd errands for the Professor. She's a genius violin player. Her past is as dark as the streets she walks down alone. With her parents gone, she has her wits and courage, but all that is tested when a figure from her past comes back into her life. Felicia helps Hazel, and Seamus lets her into his home. With people who care for her, Hazel finally feels happy. 

Mr. Grey:
He is as mysterious as his name is. He's got secrets, and he knows things. Only Hazel is the one who knows he has these secrets, and as much as she tries to get him to talk, he won't budge. And he is one of those characters who I just want to learn more about. There's definitely more to him than we all know.

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Plot:
We meet Felicia in modern-time (which, in this case, is 2015). When an accident happens, Felicia goes to help, being as she's a medical student trying to become a doctor. But something happens. When her vision clears, everything's changed. As it stands, she's sent back in Pre-Civil war time. At first, she won't believe it. They must just be recreationists playing out their parts thoroughly well, right? Wrong. In a race against time, these four individuals must figure out why the time rips are happening, and how to send Felicia home before something terrible happens. 

The Writing:
I really liked the author's writing style and how she drew me in from the very first page. It was fairly easy to read all three main characters' thoughts. They each had their own personality. 

My Thoughts:
I truly enjoyed this book! I knocked a star off only because of my confusion on how things worked. Even when all the scientific and mechanical questions were answered, it was still hard to understand what was going on and why it was happening. But other than that, I thought it was wonderful, the historical aspects dead-on, and the lively characters a joy to read about. And I'm wondering if this is a series! Because I felt that there were still some questions left unanswered. Like, who was Dr. Fairfax? Why was Hazel still alive when Felicia got sent through that time rip on accident? Where had Mr. Grey gone and where was he really from? What group of people does he work for, if any? I also felt a little cheated with that ending! I really wanted to see Felicia and Seamus reunited. Because I don't know if it's a series, it's making me extremely curious, especially when I still have so many questions about certain aspects of the story. Mostly about the characters. And that also makes me want more of the story. :)

Well, on the cover it says "A Time Corps Novel" so I'm assuming there's more? I hope so! :)

Branded Release Day!

THE DAY IS HERE!!

Blurb:
Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best. 
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home. 

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain. 

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me. 
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. 

My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.


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I have to say, once I saw the cover and read the synopsis on Goodreads, I wanted Branded. Then I read the first chapter thanks to the authors, and I was immediately hooked on the story. I've been eagerly anticipating its release. 

This has quickly become the most highly anticipated books of the summer, and it's only a debut! It has tons of 5 star reviews already and so many people have downloaded the book. 


And this week, it's only 99 cents! I grabbed my copy the minute I got on my laptop. You should too!
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The authors: Abbi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Swoon Thursday #6

Swoon Thursday is a weekly event hosted by YA BoundFrom the book you're currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you swoon. :) Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the button below and share it on your blog. 

This week, I read two swoon-worthy books. :)

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He leaned in and brushed  his lips against mine, feather-light at first, then more eager. My heart thundered as he exhaled, like he'd been holding the air in his lungs for far too long. My hands walked up his biceps as his fingers threaded through my hair, sending ribbons of heat down to my skull. He pressed into me as if he couldn't get close enough, and I pressed back. Because I wasn't close enough. Because I'd spent the last several years of my life wishing I could get closer.


The romance in this book was sweetly innocent and a little bit desperate. And I loved the relationship between Anna and Sam. <3

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He lifted me up, set me on the counter, and eased himself between my legs. He kissed me so passionately I was sure the kitchen smoke detector was about to go off. He paused just long enough to say, "I missed you." Then he kissed me again. I wrapped my arms around him, digging my nails into his back and pulling him tighter between my legs. Our breaths quickened and our kisses grew deeper. His hand slid through my hair and he guided my head to whatever position he wanted as his lips and tongue worked their magic on my neck. 

Oh my gosh, this book had so many swoon-worthy moments that it was hard to choose just one! Nathan is one of my favorite book boyfriends. <3 Check out my review of this one here.

So what book(s) had you swooning this week? As always, leave me a comment so I can check it out! :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Release Day of Never Can Tell: Ty and Never's Story Continues

FINALLY! The day is here for the Never Can Tell release! 
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This book is starting out a new series from C.M. Stunich, but it continues Ty and Never's story. Read a sampler chapter here. Oh my gosh, I can't tell you how excited I am to read this book! Check out my reviews of the whole series below and decide if these books are something you'd enjoy. I promise you, there are no spoilers. :)

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C.M. Stunich's Never Say Never series is probably one of my favorites of all-time! So incredibly addicting, emotionally riveting, and heart-achingly beautiful. It surprised me, made me laugh, and made me cry. I never wanted the series to end.


My review of Tasting Never:
This book is different from what I'm used to reading, so I was a little worried going into it. But it had me from page one, and I couldn't put it down. Something about tortured souls and broken spirits hooks me and doesn't let go. I was rooting for the two main characters so badly, wanting them to find happiness amidst their dark and terrible lives. They were like ordinary people, with troubled pasts and problems. Together, they found the light within their dark lives and the brokenness was healing. It was such a sweet, and sometimes frustrating, love story. But it felt so real, and that's what made me love it so much. It reminded me that life's not perfect and that people screw up. But everyone can change and find what truly matters to them. It left me wanting more. I can't wait to read Finding Never. :)

My review of Finding Never:
This book is the kind of book that challenges you, makes you see the world in a different light, makes you want to save all the tortured, wounded souls. It pulls you in; hook, line, and sinker. And it doesn't let go until it takes you on a rollercoaster ride and tears your heart into pieces. I'm sure if I hadn't read most of this book while in the same room with other people, I'd have been bawling my eyes out repeatedly. This trilogy has surprised me in the most beautiful way. These aren't the kind of books I normally read, but now I'm addicted to these messed up, fairytale worthy love stories. They are gripping, raw, and oh, so real. They are emotionally charged stories that I can't get enough of and wanna keep reading although my heart is still a mess. These two characters are jaded and broken, but they are absolutely perfect for each other. I need to read Keeping Never, as soon as possible! 

My review of Keeping Never: 
Keeping Never picks up right where Finding Never leaves off. Ty and Never have just dug into Never's closet and cleaned out the skeletons and cobwebs. She's with her family, Ty is by her side, and she's exactly where she's supposed to be. Home. A word that hasn't been in her vocabulary in a long time. 

But, as is normal for Ty and Never's relationship, things never go as planned. They may have just dealt with Never's past, but they haven't begun to unlock this bad boy's pain and anguish, the secrets that he's kept buried for a long time. One phone call sends Ty spiraling back into that dark abyss that threatens to swallow him up for good. Without Never, he never would have found the light and worked his way past the torment of his childhood. What little childhood he had. 

As Ty opens up to Never, shares his past and his pain, he begins to finally let it go. He can only do that if he finds the strength to lock it away forever and move on. It was so hard to read about his childhood, about his brokenness and scars, because it felt so real. Their whole relationship, from the beginning to the end, felt real. It wasn't perfect; it was hard, and emotionally exhausting as they broke down their walls and put their hearts on the line. But they healed each other, trudged through those dark waters with each other, and resurfaced a stronger couple. A couple so in love and so intertwined that nothing, and no one, will tear them apart. 

C.M. Stunich wrote a very deep and emotional story that will tug at your heartstrings and make you question your life. With inspirational messages, and the amazing idea that love can heal all wounds, she makes you want to cheer for Ty and Never as they find the happiness and peace that they've been missing for years. 

But take into consideration something about this book, and this series in general. It's not a light read. It's deep and challenging, but completely gripping. It's a dark tunnel that will not only make you appreciate finding the light at the end, but have you so sucked in that you won't want to stop reading about Ty and Never's story even after you've finished the epilogue.

Favorite Quotes: 
"Want and need. Two totally different fucking things. Don't you hate how they're always at each other's throats?" 

"Love is a loud thing. It sings for all the world to hear and doesn't care who's listening."

"Regrets are the most important tools in the world, Ty McCabe. If we didn't regret then mistakes would be nothing but a series of unstoppable accidents. We can regret something, and we can learn from it. Once we do though, once we understand why we regret something, we have to let it go. If you keep it, it will burn you. If you let it fly, it will become something else, something not quite as ugly or perverted, but rather something new. That energy can rejoin the rest of the universe and be reborn. That's the whole point, isn't it? Change, rebirth, life."


If you haven't read this series yet, do it now! If you just adore a good love story, with jaded characters and an imperfect relationship, then you'll love this sweet, and sometimes dark, contemporary series. :)

Waiting on Wednesday #4

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

This week, one of the books I'm eagerly anticipating is Let the Storms Break (Sky Fall, #2) by Shannon Messenger. 
Expected publication date: March 4th, 2014

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Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he's told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

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I really loved the first book, Let the Sky Fall. Although Audra and Vane were both a little irritating sometimes, it was awesome! I loved the fantastical elements to it, how they can control the wind, and how there are different people that control different winds: East, West, South, and North. I cannot wait to see what happens in book 2!

And this is seriously one of my favorite book covers! Ever. :) 

What book are you waiting on? Leave me a comment so I can check out your WOW. :)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Review of Taking Back Forever

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Starry Sky Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Check out my review of the first book here

After really enjoying, Grasping at Eternity, I was so excited to be approved for this one. Taking Back Forever exceeded my expectations, and it was so much better than the first book. And after that cliffhanger ending, I know I'm gonna go crazy not knowing what happens next. 

*Possible spoilers. But lots of them if you haven't read Grasping at Eternity. You've been warned.

Rating: 5/5 stars!
This book starts off right where the first one ended. Maryah remembers Nathan, but as to her kindrily family, her memories are still blank. Everyone is trying their hardest to help her, especially Nathan. 

Taking Back Forever is told in the perspectives of both Maryah, and Harmony, which I loved. After her less than stellar attitude toward Maryah in the first book, she's probably not on everybody's favorite character list. But she's got her reasons. And as you read her thoughts, you start to understand this woman, who sees and talks to ghosts, and who dresses up like a Goth. I found myself liking reading the book through her eyes more than I did through Maryah's. And I understand why the book was told in their views instead of the other Kindrily members. For this book is about Maryah's determination to astral travel again and Harmony's devotion to finding her soul mate, Gregory. 

In the ending of Grasping at Eternity, Nathan has a secret, one that could hurt a lot of people. In the beginning of Taking Back Forever, when Harmony asks for Maryah's help in locating Gregory using her astral traveling, that secret comes to light. Gregory isn't just lost to them; he's one of the Nefariouns. He's also the one who killed Maryah's parents and Mikey. It makes Harmony more determined than ever to find her soul mate. Her love for him will never waver, and she will fight to bring him back home. Her determination pushes her, making her desperate. In her desperation, she goes to an unlikely source for help. Some of the choices she makes hurts members of her Kindrily. But they never turn their backs on one of their own.

I love this Kindrily family! It would have been so easy for all of these characters to get lost in the shuffle. It would have been too easy for readers to get confused, because even though there's two main characters, all of the other Kindrily members play key roles in the development of the whole story. That's fifteen characters in total! Well, you can exclude Mikey since he's a baby, but that's still fourteen other characters who are part of this wonderful Kindrily. 

So I'm giving the author a big thank you for creating a family tree and putting it in the book. It helped to keep them all separate, and remember who the soul mates are and what powers they each have. 

I can't even decide who are my favorites, though Nathan kind of takes the cake. He's pretty damn sexy and so lickable. ;) 

Seriously, he's like the perfect guy. I know, I know. There's no such thing as perfect, even for book boyfriends. But he had me swooning in almost every single scene of his. Maryah is very lucky, indeed. 

The only grievance I had with this book was Maryah's character. Sometimes she frustrated me so much I just wanted to scream!

I already said that I enjoyed Harmony's POV much more than I enjoyed Maryah's. Let me give you a scenes where she frustrated me:
1. When Nathan planned this very romantic and old-fashioned date, she was complaining about it. I mean, seriously girl, you just need to open up your damn eyes and realize how perfect your soul mate is and how very hard he's trying to help you get your memories back.
2. When Krista told Maryah that she was crushing on Carson, she immediately dismissed the idea because there's just no way her "cousin" and best friend would fall for a guy like him. She chalks it up to Krista's grief. 
 3. When Harmony and Gregory are reunited, Maryah and Nathan are still in the room. She thinks Harmony's going to kill him and tries to get in the way of it. I'm sorry, but did you really just step into the middle of an argument that's been coming for two decades? They're soul mates, for God's sake. And when they leave the room so Harmony and Gregory can make up, she starts to go back in when she hears crashing. Honey, they're making up after two decades apart. Leave them alone!
Maybe this isn't fair of me, but seriously, this girl can be extremely stupid and very naive sometimes. Maybe it's also because her character is much weaker than the woman they've all known throughout the lifetimes. As she grows in her character development, the old Mary is starting to come back. And Maryah is slowly gaining more confidence in herself, and she's more determined than ever to get her memories back. 

Oh, and when Harmony and Gregory were reunited, it was just so beautiful! And hilarious! I just know I'm going to love these two as a couple. :) 


Now they are one big happy family, except for the part where Gregory has a lot of making up to do with several of the Kindrily members. Dedrick corrupted his mind, but he hurt so many people he loved, especially Harmony and Maryah.

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The plot itself was fantastic! I just love this idea of the Kindrily, old souls, and supernatural powers. It's so creative and original. But it did almost seem too easy that Gregory was reunited with them. The fight was very short and two people ended up seriously hurt. 

When Harmony ripped off Gregory's sunglasses so she could see into his eyes....
Okay, so maybe I'm not being totally serious that this is how it happened. :P But when I saw this gif and remembered that part, I almost died from the laughter.

Back to the fight! It's still a little impossible for me to believe Krista could heal the two dead members of the Kindrily. One of them was seriously grave. There was no way that character could come back from an injury like that in real life. Maybe it's because Krista's power is getting stronger, like some of the other Kindrily. But it was still hard to think it was even probable that she could do that.

The book is really all about Maryah trying to astral travel again so they can find Gregory. And once they find him, she ended up still looking for Dedrick without her conscious knowing. Why is that? While the Kindrily try to figure it out, they are still glad for a reprieve from the Nefariouns and to have Gregory back. But he knows things. And when secrets come to light about what really happened on the beach at Amber and Dylan's wedding last life, it's too much for them to think Dedrick will stop coming after them. For not only do they have Edgar, someone with a supernatural power that the evil Element wants, but they have Maryah. Because with her erased memories, they won't know what he wants with her. And until then, none of them are safe. 

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And that cliffhanger ending! OH MY GOD.  The author even warned me! She gave an alternate ending, a cliffhanger ending, for the readers who wanted it. I must love torturing myself, because that was one evil cliffhangerSo many feels!

I'm Stitch, the idiot who decided to read the cliffhanger. Lilo is anyone who decided to stick with the really happy ending. I think we both know got the best deal. Let's just say, we have very different ideas of what the next book is going to contain. And let's just say, y'all who didn't read it are extremely smart.

Can I have the next book now?
Pretty please with a cherry on top?! :)

I don't even know when Fighting for Infinity will be out. UGH.

One I started it with that quote, I couldn't stop with the Lilo and Stitch gifs. :) Anywayyyy, I really want the next book. Like, right now. Taking Back Forever raised the bar high, and after that ending, it's gonna be a loooooong wait. 

The Lunar Chronicles: Review of Scarlet

I don't know any other author who could pull a series off like this. It was one thing when Marissa Meyer twisted Cinderella into a story about cyborgs, Lunars, and Earth having been sectioned off into a few major "countries." Her characters were so endearing, and the idea so inventive and different, that Cinder is one of my favorite reads. Ever. 

But to add in another twisted tale, this time Little Red Riding Hood, it was just writing genius! 

Scarlet exceeded my unfairly high expectations. But, to me, it didn't quite live up to Cinder's pure awesomeness. I still LOVED it, though. This is one of my favorite series ever! :)

Rating: 4/5 stars

After finishing Cinder in practically one sitting, I was desperate to get my hands on Scarlet. When I went to the library a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't decide between this one and another, so I had my mom choose. Let's just say, she didn't choose this one. So we'll just blame her for me not reading it earlier. :P But seriously, I can't believe it took me this long to read it! 

Scarlet was just.. awesome! It was wonderfully fascinating, emotionally stimulating, and delightfully comical. The only reason that this is getting 4 stars from me is because I didn't think it had surpassed my love for Cinder. This sequel was amazing in all its written glory, but it didn't come close to the feelings I had after I finished the first book. While I found myself not being able to put it down, I didn't quite warm up to the story until later on, especially with the additions of Scarlet and Wolf. 

I was incredibly happy to see that Cinder and Kai's story continued, because I didn't want to let go of either of them. For the first part of the book, I found myself preferring their scenes to the ones of Scarlet and Wolf. And I just loved the addition of Thorne, and the resurface of the ever-delightful Iko. They brought such a comical relief that added to the richness of the story and made it ten times better. It was a nice reprieve from the intense scenes that Meyer writes so well. 

It wasn't until later on that my feelings switched on me and I didn't want to stop reading about the two main characters, Scarlet and Wolf. Scarlet is one heroine who doesn't back down from a fight, and she will do everything in her power for the people she loves. Wolf, on the other hand, is mysterious and shy, and only wants to help. Or so it seems.. Even when secrets come to light and it seems we were all wrong about him, he surprises us and makes us love him even more. I knew he was the good guy! :) 


"I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you." <3
The book was action-packed, with so many twists and turns that you won't see them coming. I sure didn't. And I love how Meyer builds up the suspense that she started this book out with, penning in convincing fight scenes and keeping us on the edge of our toes. 

With heroines who kick butt, bad boys who are loyal and protective, and an exceptional story-line and plot, Meyer has penned a brilliant retelling of the classic fairytales we all love so much. 

So much love that I have for this series. <3

And I CANNOT wait to see what other characters will join this misfit group of Earthens, cyborgs, Lunars, and androids. :) 



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I'm sorry, but do you mean to tell me that Cress won't be out until 2014?!?!


WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG?! 

Excuse me while I go curl up like a ball in the corner and cry... 

I guess I'll just have to reread these to suppress my need to have Cress in my hands.

Seriously, if you haven't read Cinder yet, do it now!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Showcase Sunday #7

Showcase Sunday is a featured weekly event hosted by Books, Biscuits, and TeaAny blogger can participate by showcasing what books or swag they received during the week--whether they were bought, downloaded, borrowed, or won.

Paperback/Hardcover:
  • Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1) by Gena Showalter. I won a copy of this from Jenn Renee over at Jenn Renee Reads.
Kindle:
  • Released (Romani Realms, #1) by Mia Fox. Amazon freebie.
  • Wicked Fate (Wicked, #1) by Tabatha Vargo. Amazon freebie.
For Review:
  • The Clockwork Cathedral by Heather Blackwood.
  • Forbidden: Discover the Legend (Wolf Sirens, #1) by Tina Smith.
NetGalley:
  • Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy, #1) by Susan Kaye Quinn. 
  • Beneath the Surface (Reluctance, #1) by M.A. Stacie.
  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence.
Library:
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare.