Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers Review

Series: His Fair Assassin #2
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Adventure
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Pages: 385

Goodreads Summary

When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.

But her assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for...

My Review

I loved Grave Mercy and I'm glad the second book was just as good! I knew that the D'Albrets household was horrible but I didn't know to what extent (since Grave Mercy was in Ismae's pov, so we don't have much insight). The things that Sybella endured were horrifying and in all honesty, I don't know how she still had her sanity (somewhat) intact. Her pain and fury seriously got to me, I wanted her to abandon that household just as much as she wanted to. But she was sent there by the convent and had no choice but to do what she was sent there to do....

Dark Triumph dives real deep into the heart of the D'Albrets household and we learn some really frightening and horrific things.  There were times where I just wanted to drop this book and think about rainbows and unicorns but I couldn't. I was already so invested in Sybella's character that I had to know if she would escape and have the happiness and freedom, I know she craved and deserved. Sybella is afraid but she doesn't let that become her weakness, she's brave and so very loyal that I just couldn't help but love her. After all the disturbing and heartbreaking things we learn about her, I am completely honored to call her the most deadliest-kickass-heroine-assassin in the world.

The romance between her and Beast is so beautiful and sweet that it made me hug the book to my chest and smile. Both Beast and Sybella have gone through so much that they understand each other and can't help but fall in love. Beast is so stubborn and protective, that its no wonder Sybella is easily annoyed by him and yet....still manages to love him all the more for it. They totally complement each other!

The plot was fast-paced and had me at the edge of my seat. Although, it wasn't as political as Grave Mercy, it was still just as dangerous. Full of twists and turns and truly evil character's that I just wanted dead and other's that I had mixed feelings for. I don't want to spoil anything too big, so just go read this series if you haven't already. Especially if you're a historical fiction addict like me!

Rating: 4 stars

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #11

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews  and is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves be it in virtual form or physical. You can include books you’ve won, bought, borrowed from the library or review books.

P.S. I post most of my STS at the end of each month.

In the month of June I...

Borrowed from the library

*screams* I am so happy to have both of these books in my hands, I've just been longing to read them and I'm so glad I put a hold on them. Hopefully, they live up to my expectations and all the awesome things I've been hearing about them!

Bought eBooks/Physical books

Spelled  by Betsy Schow

You guys, I know I said I was going to wait until I bought the whole Lunar Chronicles series but...I couldn't help myself. I honestly was going to wait until I had Winter in my hands and then read them all in one go but I couldn't. As soon as I had all three I read them I have no self-control when it comes to books and chocolate, which is why I'm now left with this damn aching NEED of the final book! *sigh*  Aaand on to the other books I bought, well what can I say I've been meaning to read Spelled and Splintered so it's no surprise that I bought them. As for the eBooks well I hadn't actually bought ebooks in a while so I though I might as well!

That's all for this week! Leave a comment and/or link to your Stacking the Shelves. I'll make sure to check them out too. Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dream Casters: Light ~ Book Blitz

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Book Details
Title: Dream Casters: Light
Author: Adrienne Woods
Series: The Dream Caster Series
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: May 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9946641-2-9

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Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da…..Seventeen year old Chasity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children’s story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious, light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, sound sleep.
Fearing she had lost her mind, Chasity soon discovers the shocking truth of her heritage- she is a Dream Caster. Chasity was never supposed to be raised on the Domain, or what humans call Earth and she is forced to return to her true birth place, Revera – the world of Dreams.
However, in Revera there is no balance between good, the Light Casters, and darkness, the Shadow Casters, and Chasity is caught square in the middle. She soon learns that there is no place for anyone containing both the light and the darkness within them, and the shocking truth that if anyone in Revera ever discovered her shadow self, Chasity would be thrown into the Oblivion – the world of Nightmares.
Dreams are always more than they seem, and this time Chasity is going to discover just how different they can be.
About the Author:
adrienne woods

Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In her free time―if she gets any because moms don’t really have free time―she loves to spend it with friends, whether it’s a girls night out, or just watching a movie. She’s a very chilled person. Her writing career started with Firebolt, book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid 2015. She also writes in different genres, and her woman’s fiction, The Pregnancy Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten novels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is another series, Guardians of Monsters, which will be released in 2016.

Author’s Links: 

Blog  | Facebook Book Series Page | G+  | Twitter | Website  | Fire Quill Publishing 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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

This weeks book that I'm desperate  waiting to get my hands on:

The Forbidden Wish  by Jessica Khoury

Publication: February 2, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Historical Fiction

Goodreads Summary

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world… 

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Arabian Nights from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

Why I'm desperate for The Forbidden Wish:

A retelling of ALADDIN, you guys! *shrieks* Aaaaand in the point of view of the jinni whose in love with Aladdin! This just sounds so cool! And because I'm already half dead from not breathing properly, I might as well go all the way.....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Velvet (Velvet Trilogy #1) by Temple West Review

Series: Velvet Trilogy #1
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult, Vampires, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: May 12, 2015 

Goodreads Summary

First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

My Review

I'm in love, you guys! Head over heels in love! Velvet has everything! A swoon worthy vampire, a straight-forward  and hilarious heroine, and as if that wasn't enough the greatest banter in the world. Velvet is about Caitlin who has just moved in with her aunt to Stony Creek and to her dismay attracted the attention of a demon. And for her safety is assigned a hot half-demon vampire bodyguard whose taken it upon himself to be her pretend boyfriend in order to protect her.

I simply loved Caitlin! Her flaws, her anger and sadness but most of all her growth throughout this book. Yes, in the beginning she was a bit rough around the edges but her mom just died and she's taken to live in a new place with people she's never met. Of course, she's angry and hurt but she doesn't wallow in self-pity. Caitlin may not be the most badass heroine out there but she is one tough and snarky chick which made me like her a lot. I loved her interactions with Adrian the most and just how upfront  and honest she was with him. 

Oh Adrian, what can I say about him that hasn't already been said before! He was sweet, smart, funny, nerdy and just downright swoon worthy. But he also had a lot of hurt in him because he's a half-demon vampire and there are rules against vampires being too friendly or even interacting with humans  and he yearned for that so much. That's why when Caitlin came into his life, it gave him happiness and the friendship he'd been wanting for so long. They were hilarious together and really sweet but also awkward at times which I found completely endearing. 

The romance between the two of them is slow, which I enjoyed. They became friends first and slowly started opening up to each other and just fell completely in love though they were both in denial of it at first. The banter between the two of them had me laughing out loud and I couldn't help but love them for that. 

Suffice to say that I truly loved this book and cannot wait for the next one because there has to be one! I WANT MORE ADRIAN! And Caitlin, of course...

Rating: 4 stars

Friday, June 19, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

I'd love it if you followed me through GFC and Bloglovin' and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

If you were to get a tattoo, what would it say or what would the graphic be? Or if you have a tattoo, share a picture and its meaning.

I admit that I've thought about getting a tattoo because they just look awesome at least those that I've seen on google or the one's that my sister has shown me since she really wants one. But as much as I like them, I don't think I could go through with it. Reason one, 2 years ago me and my sister went to get the top of our ears pierced but as soon as I saw the needle coming towards me I started balling my eyes out and telling her to stop, yes I am a complete chicken when it comes to needles or pain. Reason two even if I did convince myself to get a tattoo (BIG if), I'd probably get it because I thought it was pretty at that moment and then end up regretting it afterwards. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Leveller (The Leveller #1) by Julia Durango (ARC) Review

Series: The Leveller #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, Gaming
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Pages: 256

Goodreads Summary

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them. 

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.

My Review

From the beginning to the end, The Leveller delivers a fast and fun read! Right from the start you're pulled into Julia Durango's virtual world, the MEEP as it's called. Where the main character Nixy is a leveller, which means that she's hired by parents to bring their children back from a virtual reality gaming world. Nixy's good at what she does, so it's no wonder that the game's billionaire developer hires her to rescue his son whose apparently gone into the MEEP with the intention of never coming out or so they think.

To be truthful I picked this book up because it sounded like a mixture of Spy Kids: 3-D Game Over/Code Lyoko, my favorite childhood movie and cartoon show. And I'm glad I wasn't let down, I loved being in Nixy's head and in the virtual world with her. Nixy is one tough and smart chick whose determined to save up enough money to go to College and that is where her levelling job comes in. And that's why, when Diego Salvador the game's billionaire decides to hire her, she agrees.

Wyn Salvador, the guy that Nixy is sent in to save is not exactly what she expected. She thought, all she had to do is get through the scary maze/challenge and grab Wyn and go. But it isn't that easy, especially when she finds out that Wyn isn't in the MEEP willingly. Now, their both stuck in the MEEP and have no choice but to work together and try to find a way to go back. I liked Wyn's character, he was sweet and caring and just really seemed like a great guy. As they work together Wyn and Nixy grow to care for each other though she does keep him at a distance in the beginning, she eventually gives in to her feelings. And even though, their relationship could be considered instant love (which I am usually annoyed by) for some reason it didn't feel that way, they just fit together. The only thing I would have liked was to have known more about Wyn but I still enjoyed his character just as much as Nixy's.

Durango's world-building captured me and all the creatures Nixy had to fight off were truly the kind of spooky monsters you'd fight in a game and then some. I've only ever played a zombie game and that was at the insistence of my sister but you don't even need to know of gaming or have to like it for you to be pulled into the world. The monster's and mazes that Durango came up with were pretty easy to picture and shiver at because she described everything so vividly. Nixy was by no means a perfect fighter, just when I thought she was done fighting off a creature she'd get another one or die accidentally, and have to start all over again until she reached the end of this crazy game. 

The Leveller is a book you definitely want to check out when it comes out! It's full of twists and turns that you won't see coming, I sure didn't! It was full of non-stop action and had me at the edge of my seat and though I knew it was just a virtual world like Nixy did, it still made me feel nervous. As for the ending, I was a bit surprised, I did expect something kind of big to happen but not the betrayal that happened in the end. It kind of felt out of place but that's probably just me!

Rating: 3.5 stars

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh

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

This weeks book that I'm desperate  waiting to get my hands on:

Six of Crows (The Dregs #1)  by Leigh Bardugo

Publication: September 29, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Goodreads Summary

Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in this brand-new book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

Why I'm desperate for Six of Crows:

As much as I want to go on and on about how excited I am about this book, I feel like gifs are the best at conveying the WANT I am feeling right now.

P.S. The pervy looking gifs in the middle and at the end are so me!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

The Girl Who Sees Smells ~ Korean Drama

Name: The Girl Who Sees Smells or Sensory Couple
Language: Korean with English  subtitles
Episodes: 16

My Review

 The Girl Who Sees Smells is about two people whose lives are intertwined when tragedy strikes. 3 years ago Choi Moo-Gak was devastated when he lost his younger sister in the "Bar code" murder case. Which then led him to accidentally losing his senses. While Choi Eun-Seol is the only survivor of the "Bar code" murder case but has no recollection of the murderer or her life before the incident. And although, she lost her memory she gains the ability to see smells.

While going into this drama, I wasn't quite sure what I expected. I had not even read the summary when I watched the first episode, I went in blind. And to be honest gaining the ability to see smells after being in a coma seemed pretty far-fetched but I still decided to keep watching. So, color me surprised when I found myself enjoying this drama way more than I actually thought I would, though I think the CG they used for the smells also kind of helped me grow to love it. It was just so pretty!

Choi Eun-Seol or Oh Cho-Rim as she's going by now, woke up from a coma only to find out she has a blue eye and can see smells with said eye. She's taken in by her father (well who she thinks is her father, she has memory loss after all) and she lives a somewhat happy cheerful life. She wants to be a comedian and is training to be one. I actually really loved this side of her it was pretty fun watching her do funny skits.

Enter Choi Moo-Gak (her love interest), they meet accidentally because of an incident and she tells him about her ability to see smells. And they form a truce where they decide to help each other out, she'll help him solve cases so he can become a homicide detective and he'll help her become a comedian. The interactions between the two of them were downright hilarious, but could also be tender and heartbreaking.

I found this scene pretty hilarious!

The romance between Oh Cho-Rim  and Choi Moo-Gak  was super adorable. They were there for each other through thick and thin. No matter what happened they stayed by each other's side. She helped make his life brighter and happier and helped him see the world in a different way. They made each other  stronger and I just loved that.

Although this is a romcom, its also about catching a murderer whose destroyed countless lives and families so it does have its serious moments. Apart from the romcom, I honestly enjoyed the murder aspect of it and not because I liked seeing people die but because of how well thought out it was. You're not sure who the murderer is until at least halfway through the show and it still leaves you guessing as to why he's killing and leaving bar codes on their arms. It all just has you at the edge of your seat! 

As for the other character's helping with the investigation they were pretty.....well I don't wanna say useless but they were kind of dead weight. The only one's who helped was the leader of the investigation, Yeon Mi and Choi Moo-Gak. The other investigator's felt like they were just there for laughs or to help catch the culprits and that was pretty much it. 

All in all, I really enjoyed The Girl Who Sees Smells. The plot was well done and so were most of the character's. The ending was amazing, though I would have liked to have known more about the killer's background, it was still a good ending. All loose ends were tied up and we get an insanely sweet ending!

Even they agree!

Rating: 4 stars

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Firebug (Firebug #1) by Lish McBride Review

Series: Firebug #1
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.(BYR)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Pages: 368

Goodreads Summary

Ava can start fires with her mind . . . but is it a blessing or a curse?

Ava is a firebug—she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren't caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She's one of their main hit men . . . and she doesn't like it one bit. Not least because her mother's death was ordered by Venus—who is now her boss.

When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can't say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably keeping the murder to a minimum.

My Review
(Beware: Review consists mostly of fangirling over characters.)

Firebug is about Ava a normal teenage girl except for the fact that she can start fires with her mind and is also a hit men for Venus the boss of the Coterie (a magical mafia) and the woman who killed her mother (okay so she's not so normal). Its no surprise that Ava hates Venus with a passion, apart from killing her mother Venus also makes Ava kill other creatures for a living. With no escape in sight, Ava does what she's told while hating herself for it. The only comfort she finds is in her two best friends Lock and Ezra who are also part of the Coterie and who became part of the reason why I loved this book!

Ava is an amazing heroine, although there were times when she aggravated me, I still loved her no matter what! I just couldn't bring myself to dislike her, she was snarky and very sarcastic about everything. And I don't blame her, she's had a crappy life but she still manages to care about her family and friends. She was smart, strong and such a caring person (most of the time) that she's definitely going into my list of favorite mc's.

I don't know about anyone else but I came to love this book a lot mostly because of Lock and Ezra. What? I have a thing for swoon-worthy boys and man did they make me swoon. And I'll be honest, I'm not so easy to be swept off my feet but these two fictional character's managed to do it! Lock is half human and half-dryad and my #1 book boyfriend, he's a mother hen to both Ezra and Ava. He's caring, sweet, honest and so compassionate that I just fell for him and if you don't love him, something's definitely wrong with you (kidding, maybe). And off two my second book boyfriend Ezra the most cocky, confident, narcissistic fox that I seem to have lost my heart to. Ezra is hot and isn't afraid to point that out in fact I lost count of how many times he complimented himself. And I just loved him for it, he made me laugh and blush so much throughout Firebug that now every time I think of him I chuckle (and think inappropriate thoughts).

The friendship between Ava, Lock, and Ezra is so amazing and realistic that I am so very jealous of Ava (yep I'm jealous of a fictional character, I've officially lost it).  They would do anything to protect each other and I really loved that about them, the way they teased and picked on each other was also pretty hilarious. The interactions between the three of them always had me in stitches. I honestly loved their friendship so much! Best part of the book to be honest! 

I know all I've talked about are the character's but it's just that I loved them so much and cannot emphasize it enough! Just go read Firebug, you won't regret it! It has everything a book should have a well-developed plot and character's, friendship, action, adventure, among other things that I can't name because my mind has gone blank. Just READ it!You know you want to......

Rating: 4 stars

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Serpentine by Cindy Pon

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

This weeks book that I'm desperate  waiting to get my hands on:

Serpentine  by Cindy Pon

Publication: September 1, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Goodreads Summary

SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. 

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

Why I'm desperate for Serpentine: 

I read Cindy Pon's Kingdom of Xia series when I was in high school and just simply fell in love with her writing and the world she created. So, it's no surprise that I'm super excited for Serpentine! I really can't wait to dive back into her world of Chinese mythology!

What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!