Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (36)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Published:  October 8th 2012
Carina Press


Synopsis(from Goodreads): 
He's had a wild ride, and now sex club owner Josh Scott is looking for a change of scene. But first, he's determined to bring two friends together, and he's willing to be a third wheel to move things along...

Beth Norris is eager to be set up with hot bartender Oliver Stephenson, but she's equally attracted to matchmaker Josh. Soon she's fantasizing about both men at once—and about being the one to call the shots in the encounter...

Ready to move on with his life post-divorce, Oliver is conflicted by the realization that he's attracted to women and men. Or more specifically, to Beth and Josh. He tries to keep his distance, but it's not long before the chemistry between the trio combusts in a night of mind-blowing sex.

In the light of day, it's clear something deeper than desire is growing between Josh, Beth and Oliver. But though Josh has helped others find love in unconventional relationships, is he willing to take a chance on one himself?
Beautiful! Just look at that cover. It's absolutely gorgeous. I know that the book is already out and I'm thinking of buying it in the next few days but I just had to feature it here. I loved the books so far in the series and I can't wait to see what happens next and this time it's Josh's turn... I'm really excited and I really can't wait.

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YA Pick:

ACID by Emma Pass
Expected publication April 25th 2013: 
Corgi Children's Books/Random House Children's Publishing (UK)



Synopsis(from Goodreads): 
2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.

The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.
I've seen this book around a lot and I finally read the summary and I loved it. I had already noticed the cover because it simply is gorgeous and I can't wait to get my hands on it.



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Monday, January 28, 2013

YA Review: Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

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Goodread summary:
Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical,  Uses for Boys  is a story of breaking down and growing up.

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IT'S A 1.5 RATING...

When I first saw the book I loved the summary and I was really excited to read it. Then I got an e-ARC from NetGalley and I was so happy. And that's when my happiness ended.
While the story was very interesting and I really wanted to read what happens I just can't stop thinking about how much I hated the way it was written. I guess I like more conversations and something was just missing. I'm not an expert and I don't know what this type of writing is called but I really didn't like it and that just made it that much harder to read the entire thing.

I can't say that the story was bad, though. It was a very heavy story, no hearts and flowers and stuff like that.
Looking at the cover and reading the summary for the first time, I imagined a book about a girl with a tough life that finds happiness, then deals with some more bad stuff and then the happy end comes...
The only part that I got right was about the girl with a tough life. Anna is not your typical teenager. She is a girl raise only by her mother, and even then, her mom was mostly away and being a mom just wasn't enough for her anymore. So Anna raise herself and she did it the worst way possible.
There was no one to tell her not to do things, there was no one to keep her form making mistakes involving boy, she became sexually active way too early and she never had a proper relationship with anyone(not a family member-they were always changing with her mom's latest boyfriend- not a best friend, not even one of her own boyfriends). She was so alone for so long that she threw herself in a life she didn't deserve. She started letting boys use her, until she learned to use then and even then she felt alone.. It was a sad story, one that made me feel bad even though I was distracted by the way the book was written..

I understand the seriousness of the book and of the story it tells. It's definitely something that happens and I really wish it didn't. It was a hard book to read because of the how messed up Anna's life was too, not only because of the writing...

That was pretty much how it went almost the entire book. It was a sad story about a girl's awful life on here own, having to go through some pretty messed up situations but it's also a story that shows us that it can get better. That it's never over to try and fix things..

 I give it:

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Adult Review: Pride Mates ( Shifters Unbound, #1) by Jennifer Ashley

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Goodread summary:
CALL OF THE WILD
To most, they are animals even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair.
It is her job to defend those in need. But there is absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can t disguise his sheer strength. Nor can the silver chain at his throat, designed to control the aggression of his kind, completely reassure her that this man has been tamed.
Yet when a feral shifter begins to stalk them both, Liam is the only one she trusts with her life. She'll let him claim her for her protection, for her pride, and for a passion that knows no bounds.

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OMG, I love this book. I remember the last time I read a book so fast and it was just as good. Pride Mates was freaking AMAZING.
I loved reading it for so many reasons, one of them being that the book was pretty fast paced. Everything happened very fast but as you read it you don't really see it until the day in the book is over and you're like "Wait, that was just one day?!?".
The book started like that:
"A girl walks into a bar...
No. A human girl walks into a Shifter bar.

I knew that the book was about Shifters but I never expected this to be the scenario.
In the world set in the book the main characters are a human and a Shifter, like in most stories, but here all human population know everything about Shifters(or so they think...).
It's been about twenty years since the Shifters revealed themselves to the human world (not all of them too happy about that but stuff happens) and now they live in Shiftertowns, Collared (a metal collar bound by mage/fae's magic to keep them from hurting people, it's activated when the wearer's adrenaline spikes up and it sends a shock trough their nervous system..) and they stay as far away from humans as possible so not to cause more trouble..
Shifters really aren't all that violent if you just look at them from the outside but deep down they are animals, with animal urges to posses and control but we get to learn all about that later.
Now in the beginning we meet Kim, a defense lawyer that is on her way to see a Shifter in desperate need of help for her first ever Shifter case.

Kim isn't one of those people that go around and look for Shifters, she isn't really interested in them and she hasn't even seen a real Shifter before. She knows that they are controlled by the Collar so she is fairly confident that she wont get hurt but who knows these days...
And there she is walking into a Shifter's office ready to fight for what little information she can get out of him.
What she doesn't expect to see is a tall, gorgeous man waiting inside:
"- thin black and silver Collar against his throat; hard, honed body; midnight black hair; definite air of menace."
Lovely sight, don't you think?

That's about when I started reading through the pages like I was on steroids... The story was fast paced then and it was so easy to fall into it and get lost in the action. There was passion, love, hatred, Kim's incredibly annoying trait to ask a lot of questions and to say no, Liam's protectiveness... A family that already existed opened their arms for another member, allowing Kim( and us) to learn a lot of their painful memories.
Shifters' lives haven't been easy and now even though they are Collared, they are safer and more protected that ever. They are a group now and through Kim's, Liam's, Sean's and Dylan's eyes we got to experience the everyday lives of the Shifters but also the most sacred moments in their long, long lives... (yeah the P.O.V. swiftly changed from one character to the other but it was a plus and it wasn't hard to follow like it is in some books)

It really was a lovely story. I haven't felt so strong about a book since I read Beautiful Disaster and this is so far away from that storyline and from that genre but it got me just as excited. I'm so glad I finally read it and now I'm going to read book two!

 I give it:

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednestay (35)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Published: January 3rd 2012
Berkley Sensation 

Synopsis(from Goodreads): 
When Feline Shifter Cassidy Warden saves detective Diego Escobar from plunging to his death, the naked Shifter woman takes his breath away. But she'd been breaking all kinds of human laws, and Diego, to save her from termination, has to promise his department he'll watch over her.

Diego finds the task harder than he thinks--Cassidy is trying to find out what kind of mysterious hunter killed her mate two years ago, a hunter that could bring danger to all Shifters. Plus Cassidy has scent-marked Diego--essentially telling all other Shifter females, "Hands off."

Diego risks his personal and professional life getting involved with Cassidy, but he realizes he'll do anything, even confront the deadliest of assassins and his own inner demons, to keep her safe.
I know that this book along with the rest of the series is already out but I just finished reading Pride Mates so I'm just starting it. I loved book one and I'm reading book two now so here it goes book three!
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YA Pick:

Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera
Expected publication:  May 7th 2013
HarperTeen



Synopsis(from Goodreads): 
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.
I'm really excited about this book. I've seen it around the blog-shpere a lot and it has been a very popular pick among the WOW posts. I just can't wait to read it when it come out!


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Monday, January 21, 2013

YA Review: Heartless (Pretty Little Liars, #7) by Sara Shepard

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Goodread summary:
In picturesque Rosewood, Pennsylvania, neighbors gossip over picket fences, and gleaming SUVs sit in every crushed-granite driveway. But recently, friendly smiles have been replaced with suspicious glares and accusatory whispers--and it's all because Hanna, Aria, Emily, and Spencer just can't keep their mouths shut. . . .

First they claimed they found a dead body in the woods behind Spencer's house, only to have it vanish without a trace. Then when the same woods went up in flames, they swore they saw someone who's "supposed" to be dead rise from the ashes. And even after all that, the pretty little liars are still playing with fire.

Hanna's trading in her Dior trench for a straitjacket. Aria's trying to contact the dead. Emily's dumped her boyfriend and is skipping town . . . again. And Spencer thinks someone in her family has gotten away with murder.

The friends insist they're telling the truth about what they saw, but all of Rosewood thinks they're simply out for attention--and nobody likes a girl who cries wolf. So when the big bad killer comes after the girls, will anyone believe them . . . or will they be the next to disappear?

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There are spoilers!!! 

Every single time I start a PLL book I feel like I won't finish it because it's kind of boring but then something happens and everything changes and I can't wait to read the the next chapter about either one of the girls.
And of course something pretty interesting happened at the end of every chapter...

Aria, Hanna, Spencer and Emily had to face different problems like always. A was playing each and every one of them, which just confirms my theory that there's more than one A because the schemes were way too detailed to be done by one person....
And that's what kept me on the edge... what was the next text message going to say, who is going to get burned in the process?

As they were following A's master plan of self-destruction, the girls' lives continued.
Aria has a new boyfriend.. or something like that, in the face of Noel Kahn. What was kind of weird because he's her brother's best friend and I totally didn't see his life story coming up. But now she kind of has a shoulder to cry on and she'll be doing a lot of crying... Also there was this moment with Jason and she ended up arrested for conspiring with a murderer or something like that but Jason said something interesting about the clinic he was in, that Aria doesn't understand and neither did I but hopefully we'll get the chance to learn the truth later.
Hanna was sent to a clinic to deal with some of her issues. A made sure Hanna's dad knew of how unstable she gets and he sent her to this clinic which was just the perfect place for Hanna to freak out because even there her life and A haunts her. She met this girl that may have known and hurt Ali but we are not sure about that, there was definitely something shady in that place though. But before she could investigate more the cops took her away too.
Emily visited an Amish community, because A told her that she'll find Ali there(Em still believes Ali's alive after the run in/hallucination after the fire) and she was staying with this family, which ended up being connected to officer Darren Wilden. It turns out that he was an Amish and his girlfriend Lee( she was the lost daughter of the family Em was staying with) disappeared four years ago and Emily was convinced that in Ali's back yard was actually Lee's body and not Ali's but before she could check out the DNA results at the police station( pretty illegally if I might add) a cop got her arrested too.
And now for Spencer, that was the most interesting story. It turns out that Spencer and Ali are sisters because Spencer's dad and Ali's mom had an affair. But they might have more that one love child because he said something about 'children' and not 'child' when Spencer confronted him. All that happened after her parents had opened their arms and hearts for her again after the fire( they were scared of losing her and all was forgiven and forgotten) but then Spencer accused her mom of murdering Ali because she had found out about the affair but her mom didn't even know, not for sure at least and Spencer ended up breaking her family apart. Before she could dwell on things though she was arrested too.

After they were cleared and the charges dropped the girls had to face a shocking new: Ali's murderer was found and he was blamed for another murder... Jenna Cavanaugh is dead!

I really was surprised by that last one but the also with the entire book. I feel like this was the most fast going in the series and I liked that. The girls were always on the move and something new and exciting was going on and now I can't wait for the next book. This is going to be so much fun!

 I give it:
Here is the other cover I found:

This cover is from my country.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Review: The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An insider Guide by J.R. Ward

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Goodread summary:
Prepare to enter the dark, passionate world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and get up close and personal with each of the Brothers....

You'll find insider information on the Brotherhood, including their dossiers, stats, and special gifts. you'll read interviews with your favorite characters, including a heartbreaking conversation with Tohrment and Wellsie, conducted three weeks before she was killed by lessers. You'll discover deleted scenes -- accompanied by the whys behind the cuts -- in addition to exciting material from the J.R. Ward message boards and the answers to questions about the series posed by readers. you'll learn what it's like for J.R. Ward to write each installment of the series, and in a fascinating twist, you'll read an interview with the author -- conducted by the Brothers. For the first time ever, you'll see an original novella about Zsadist and Bella, and witness the miracle of their daughter Nalla's birth and experience the depth of their love for each other. Also, you'll receive a sneak peek at the much anticipated next book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover Avenged, Rehvenge's story.

This is a compendium no black Dagger Brotherhood fan should miss...and an insider's guide that will seduce you as powerfully as the sexy band of Brothers and the "ferociously popular" world in which they live.



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As all the other BDB books this one was absolutely amazing.
It's one thing to read the books, when the guys are caught up in the story and it's entirely another to catch them outside of their element. I loved this most about the book.
The interviews with the characters, the notes on the books that explain so much... I loved this look of the story from the inside and it was amazing.

I also loved the short story about Zsadist and Bella and the birth of Nalla... It's all so beautiful and steamy and so difficult at times...
I just loved this.. There were so many great things in it. The quotes, the stories from the site, the conversations...

It was absolutely amazing! I really can't wait to read the rest of the books!

Give it a try!

 I give it:
This cover is the one from my country.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (34)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Published: January 1st 2012

Synopsis(from Goodreads): 
#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s “different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing”* Black Dagger Brotherhood series continues as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…into a world of dark dreams and darker desires.

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance, unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld—Tohr turns to the angel Lassiter to save his former mate. The only way to rescue her is for Tohr to love another. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vie for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past and a hot, passion-filled future. But can his heart let go and set all of them free?
I know it's already out but it's not out in my country so I don't know when I'll be able to buy it... I absolutely love the series though and I can't wait to get my hands on this one... I hope I get the chance to read it soon.
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YA Pick:

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3) by Richelle Mead
Expected publication: February 12th 2013
Razorbill



Synopsis(from Goodreads): 
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.


Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
I just love Richelle Mead and her books. She's an amazing author and her stories are always meaningful and fun and interesting... I loved VA, and I loved the first two books in Bloodlines so now I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on book three!


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Monday, January 14, 2013

YA Review: Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3) by Rachel Hawkins

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Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?



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I had read the first to book a while back and I enjoyed them quite a lot. Having said that, it has been some time that I haven't read anything about Sophie and company and it took me a while to get back into the story. I had to remember some things because in the beginning everything was a blur.
But once I caught up with the story everything came to place and I remembered why I loved the first two books so much.
In this book Sophie had to face her enemies in one last fight and that fight would determine the rest of her life.

“People are so rarely villains in their own minds.”

In the very beginning of the book Sophie woke up in the middle of the woods, disoriented, feeling lost, scared.. The ending of book two was a cliff-hanger so the events of last night were fresh in Sophie's mind and all she could think about was her father, Archer and Cal. But nothing was as it seemed.
She soon realized that she's been gone for far too long and everything was more messy that she thought.
In this book Sophie got some answers, even to questions she didn't figure to ask. And she faced everything life threw at her with a snarky personality and a brave face.
There were a lot of challenges ahead of her and she was pretty awesome all the way!

I love the way she fell into her routines with her friends. Even when things were a little awkward Sophie and her friends would find something to laugh about. And Archer was very sweet and always helped the matter!

“Archer turned back to me, and that familiar grin flashed over his face. “Come on, Mercer. Me, you, the cellar. What could go wrong?”

I'm not a huge fans of love triangles because the girl always looks bad when she's juggling between two boys. Things always get messy and someone ends up hurt or dead(as it is in most fantasy books)...I didn't like the triangle here either.
I liked both Archer and Cal but I didn't like Sophie stringing Cal along when she was clearly in love with Archer... That the reason I was a little pissed off at her.

“Trust me, after the Boy Issues I’ve had, I’m becoming a nun.”

Other than that, though, she was a great character. She was brave and she fought for everything she holds dear and she was willing to lose her life to save those she loves. I admire her for that!

“Okay, fine. But just so you know, following me into hell means you’re all definitely the sidekicks.”

I really enjoyed reading this one. And I don't feel awful because it's over, I actually felt that the story had a great ending and I loved it. It felt complete and finished...

 I give it:
Here is the cover in my country:
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