Savor

Savor ~ Kate Evangelista

(Vicious Feast #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old. Yup, you’ve got to be that old to read my story. Consider yourself warned.

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

Again, refer to the warning above.

Review

If you have been a regular on this blog you may be familiar with Kate Evangelista and how much I love her work. so when she asked me to review her latest book Savor I jumped at the chance. and I was not disappointed with this being my favorite of hers so far.

Savor walks the line between contemporary new adult and paranormal romance making it the perfect book for lovers of either wanting to branch into the other.  however I would have found the paranormal aspect unnecessary were it not for the realization  (which I must admit occurred very belatedly {well i did suspect when i first saw the cover but quickly forgot about it when i started the book}) that this book was a companion to Taste (although in my defense it has been a while since I read it {77 books to be exact}). the paranormal elements to this novel were kept subtle with only small hints suggesting there was something more than normal happening until the end… which left me wishing I had the sequel in my hands now.

Dakota was a wonderful female lead strong sure and kick butt, however still vulnerable and damaged she was able to hold her own against Luka and having a character able to play off him and the rest of the strong characters that make up the band. while I had already formed a soft spot for Luka in Taste in this book I fell truly for him and his poor damaged soul.

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Rose of Thorne

Rose of Thorne ~ Mia Michelle

(Rose of Thorne #1)

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Rating 3 Stars

Blurb

When a drunk driver tragically orphans Skylar Rose at the age of sixteen, she leaves her dreams behind and takes on the daunting task of helping her elderly grandmother raise her young sister. While other girls her age were living a typical carefree life, she was picking up double shifts at a local café and struggling to pay the bills.
Always putting her sister’s needs and school first, Skylar has never had time to date or develop relationships. Now a senior in college, she has her sights set on an amazing internship opportunity. The last thing she needed was for a sexy distraction like Sebastian Thorne to walk into her life.
Sebastian Thorne had been an entitled and reckless nineteen year old when he got behind the wheel of his new sports car that night. When his night of indulgence goes tragically wrong, Sebastian hesitantly turns to the one person, he knows can make everything go away…the one person he hates ..his father.
Now twenty-six, Sebastian is the young enigmatic and powerful CEO of his late father’s design company, Thorne Enterprises. With both millions in the bank and a new woman on his arm almost every night, the world never knew the dark secret he carried inside. Still plagued with nightmares from the night of that horrific accident and having to leave the beautiful girl behind, Sebastian vows to find the one that haunts his dreams. Sometimes the choice of revisiting our past opens the door to a future that we never thought possible.
Haunted by their past, these two want nothing more than to have their life given back to them. But what do you do when the person who gave you back your life, was the very one that took it from you in the first place?

Review

this book sits firmly in the New-Adult to Adult age group with strong and graphic scenes. that being said unlike many romances for this age group i have read every second chapter was not a graphic sex scenes leading the story to truly be more about the love and relationship than the lust and sex i have come to expect. that being said this story did admittedly follow many cliches of this genre with the typical tragic and violent past given to the leading lady.

Personally for the most part i was not a huge fan of the characters both were the “perfect” archetype of their gender, him being the handsome rich and powerful “prince” while she was the beautiful innocent damsel in distress. this in itself is usually enough to turn me away from a book however there was something addictive about the writing that led me to continue to race through the story. while sometimes the retelling of entire scenes from another point of view got irritating particularly when they did not add much that the author had not been able to convey through body language or dialogue the split perspectives was done really well with all characters being given a unique and interesting voice.

The plot spun all over the place. going in i thought that the big twist was just going to be that Sebastian was the one responsible for her parents death however for the majority of the book this detail is almost forgotten as Skylar has so many other problems for the story to work through. while at points these extra conflicts seemed unnecessary by the end of the book i was glad for these extra conflicts outside what i had incorrectly assumed to be the main one as they helped to develop the characters in preparation of the unexpected (to me anyway) second book Thorneless which will be out on the 16th, which given the cliffhanger ending i must say i am glad about.

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Reaping Me Softly

Reaping Me Softly ~Kate Evangelista

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Rating 3.5 stars

Blurb

Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

Review

this is one of those books that i must admit confused me in the beginning until i realised how all the characters fit together and then it was amazing. when i asked for this book to review i did it with no knowledge of what it was about only that it was by the wonderful Kate Evangelista and i must say i am glad i did not read the blurb because on reading it after the book i was disappointed in how much is given away. that being said the book was wonderful, while paranormal romances may be a huge trend reapers are not common and this gave the book such an original set of possibilities. I love Arianne’s strength which is also fairly unusual when a mere mortal is placed alongside the paranormal love interest. while Niko was just that little bit too perfect for me he still made an interesting romantic lead with his job being enough to separate him from other male leads. one of my favourite touches was the split POV throughout the stories, not just between the romantic leads as is becoming so common, but also through the eyes of death himself.  and with that ending i am not ashamed to admit i am itching for the sequel.

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The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf ~ Ambelin Kwaymullina

(The Tribe #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

The Reckoning destroyed civilisation. Rising from the ashes, some people have developed unique abilities, and society is scared of them. Guided by the ancient spirits of the land, Ashala Wolf will do anything to keep them safe.

When Ashala is captured, she realises she has been betrayed by someone she trusted. When her interrogator starts digging in her memories for information, she doubts she can protect her people forever. Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?

Review

I only read this book on the suggestion of someone and I have learnt to always follow her suggestions. this book seemed like just your average futuristic battle against the bad guy but once you get half way through it was amazing, (not telling why) I willingly admit this book made me cry and I am a little dissapointed that now i have read it I can’t read it for the first time again because it will never be the same. This is the sort of book that once I finished it I very nearly turned around and re-read it.

Quotes

“I walk among my enemies. But I carry my friends with me.”

 

“Death is a great transformation. But it is not an end.”

 

“There will come a day when a thousand Illegals descend on your detention centres. Boomers will breach the walls. Skychangers will send lightning to strike you all down from above, and Rumblers will open the earth to swallow you up from below. There will be nowhere to hide, nowhere to run, and no way to stop them from freeing every single Illegal in this centre. And when that day comes, Justin Connor, think of me.”

Next Book

No word as to what Book 2 is yet only that there will be one. I will keep you in the loop because this is one of the best books i have seen from an Australian author since John Marsden with Tomorrow When The War Began.

The Elite

The Elite ~ Kiera Cass

(the selection #2)

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Rating 3.5 Stars

Blurb

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Iléa.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Review

while i did not enjoy this quite as much as the first this is where i feel the Real story is beginning. taking the light frivolous beginning that was the Selection, the elite twists it into something dark. while i must admit i was surprised by some of Maxon’s actions he did always come through in the end and at no point in this book did my loyalty to him change (which is more than i can say for America). She was all over the place and i am getting sick of her to-ing and fro-ing (JUST PICK MAXON HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR YOU). The ending was a shock and i just could not imagine it happening … that being said there were quite a few things that shocked me (even if i may have guessed they would happen). unfortunately some of the magic of the selection was lost, (despite the fact i am still firmly team Maxon) the prince has lost some of his shine, and America’s insecurities and indecisiveness was making me want to slap her (although not as much as i want to slap Celeste) America defiantly has it in her to be a princess but she needs to let go of Aspen (as it does not seem she actually wants him anymore anyway plus he hardly believes in her) and learn to trust Maxon… although admittedly with him still dating 3 other girls i can understand why she doesn’t.

Quotes

“Love is beautiful fear”

“It turns out I’m absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It’s a very serious problem.”

“Sometimes I feel like we’re a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.”

“You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.”

Next Book

The Next and Last book in this Series The One (book #3) is expected to be released on the 6th of May next year

personally i am hoping for a white dress on the cover (you know bridal and all that)

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Wait for You

Wait for You ~Jennifer L. Armentrout

(Wait For You #1)

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Rating 4 Stars

Blurb

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

Review

This book followed the same formula as many New Adult books do. That being said it still created some beautiful and unique moments. Avery annoyed me some times and I did not see the point in half hiding what had happened to her from us readers (because it wasn’t really hidden just vague), Cam however was love at first sight… even if he could be a cocky asshole. This book is just so quotable and I loved Jacob and Brittany because they are just the people I would want as my best friends (and are bloody hilarious). There were some bits that appeared in here that just made no sense to me (such as Avery’s mother… but maybe I have just had to good a home life). The main tip you should take from this is “the way to a man’s heart may be through his stomach but the way to a woman’s is through her sweet tooth.”

Quotes

“You’ve been checking me out, haven’t you? In between your flaming insults? I feel like man candy.”

“My brain was telling me this was a bad idea and I told my brain to shut the fuck up, because it rarely told me anything helpful.”

“We are your friends. It is the law of friendship that you tell us things you don’t want to tell us.”

“Are you done dressing me like I’m your own personal Barbie?”
“Bitch, if you were my Barbie, you’d be half naked. ”

“I would be clapping like a seal right now if I weren’t so fucking hung over, just so you know. Inside, I am doing happy jumping jacks for you with glittery pom poms.”

Next Book

The Novella Trust In Me (#1.5) is due for release October 22nd

while Be With Me (#2) is due to hit shelves Febuary 4th next year

no covers yet but will update when i get them

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Charade

Charade ~ Nyrae Dawn

(Games #1)

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Rating 2.5 stars

Blurb

Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection.

Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom’s dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it’s what he wants too.

Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought? Soon they’re trading one charade for another—losing themselves in each other to forget about their pain. The more they play their game, the more it becomes the only thing they have that feels real.

Both Cheyenne and Colt know life is never easy, but neither of them expect the tragedy that threatens to end their charade and rip them apart forever.

Review

I was only going to rate this book 2 stars but then the ending pushed it up. I found I did not really connect with either of the characters and that the book was not quite what i was expecting based on the blurb (or for that matter the happy looking cover). the ending however was touching and I may or may not have shed a few tears. that being said I am not sure if this one is something i would read again. although may still read other books in this series because i have liked this authors other works

Quotes

“Everything’s not always black and white, Princess. Sometimes we have to do shit because there’s not another choice. Maybe you should think about that before you snub your nose at me.”

“Don’t cry, Princess. You know what they say. You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet your prince.”

“The cup is half full, sunshine and flowers and I try to act like I agree, but really I’m pissed someone dumped out half of my drink.”

“If you’re cold I’m doing something wrong.”

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the next book Facade (#2) is expected to be released on the 2nd of July

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The Selection

The Selection ~ Kiera Cass

(the selection #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

In a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: to compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s heart. But for America Singer it means turning her back on her secret love, and leaving home for a prize she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Maxon and all her plans start to crumble. Can he life she’s always dreamed of compare to a future she never imagined?

Review

i have to say this is a great beginning to what i hope will be a great series. and i enjoyed this book just as much on the second reading as i did on the first. the idea is wonderful with a dystopia based both on reality TV shows such as the bachelor and on older issues such as caste systems. this leads to the book balancing perfectly between past and future strengthening the feel of a fairytale throughout the book.
defiantly Team Maxon and i think Aspen needs to get over it, HE let
HER go not the other way around plus (despite the name, which admittedly did not annoy me quite as much on the second read through) America would make the perfect princess. that being said i do hope we see Aspen getting a happy ending because he, and his family deserve it.

Quotes

“. . .true love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”

“I hope you find someone you can’t live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”

“You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes”

“If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.”

Next Book

 The Elite (book #2) was released in April

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Cinder

Cinder ~ Marissa Meyer

(Lunar Chronicles #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Review

Gahhh Are you kidding me? THAT is how you end it? the only thing worse would be if you ended it 3 pages earlier.

I must admit it was a horrible moment when i realized there was not enough pages left to finish the the story, because despite the fact that i knew this was the first book in a series i was expecting more of an ending to this fairytale. instead i am left with a cliffhanger that leaves me hunting down the second book that i was not smart enough to get my hands on BEFORE i started reading this one

This was one of the most original Cinderella retellings i have read with the perfect balance of fairytale magic and wonderfully cruel dystopian backdrop hinting at the traditional dark Grimm’s tales. i have never been a huge fan of cyborgs or androids, so despite my usual love for retellings and the glowing reviews i was initially wary starting this book but i was pleasantly surprised with the book being everything that was promised and more

Cinder was a surprising complex character and i must admit it was nice seeing a Cinderella with a backbone. As for prince Kai i was glad to see where this was one of the instances where the “Prince Charming” character was a little more developed however i was a little disappointed when he seemed to follow stereotypes and discriminatory beliefs when the truth came out. I am hoping it is only fear and he will snap out of it by the end of the next book. he is probably just a tad too self-sacrificing but in an emperor that may not be a bad thing.

The two other things i loved about this book were the exerts from the original tale and the introduction of the characters i can only presume to be the stars of the upcoming books. while it doesn’t mean much for this book it will dramatically improve the flow of the series.

Quotes

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”

” ‘Why would the prince dance with me?’
‘Because you won’t have grease on your face this time.’ ”

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after this book there is book #1.5 The Queen’s Army

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and of course book #2 Scarlet

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Just One Day

Just One Day ~Gayle Forman

(Just One Day #1)

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Rating 5 Stars

Blurb

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Review

I laughed, I cried, I fell in love, I stayed up til 4:30 AM. I very literally could not put this down. I love the premise of this book, so much changes in a day and in many ways it reminded me of the movie serendipity (a happy accident) I immediately connected with Allyson and loved that from the start this book was just as much about Lulu as it was about Williem. The side characters in this book are no less beautifully crafted, how can you not love Dee? The only complaint I have would be the number of spelling or grammatical errors in my text that jolted me out of the novel trying to work out what she meant. And of course the wait for the sequel, although this just means I will have to read this brilliant book again… although probably not so late at night. now off to google translate those phrases i am just going to “have to look up”

Quotes

“Part of me knows one more day won’t do anything except postpone the heartbreak. But another part of me believes differently. We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.”

“Or maybe it’s not a miracle. Maybe this is just life. When you open yourself up to it. When you put yourself in the path of it. When you say yes.”

“You have to fall in love to be in love, but falling in love isn’t the same as being in love”

“And that’s when I understand that I have been stained. Whether I’m still in love with him, whether he was ever in love with me, and no matter who he’s in love with now, Willem changed my life. He showed me how to get lost, and then I showed myself how to get found.”

“But what if Shakespeare― and Hamlet― were asking the wrong question? What if the real question is not whether to be, but how to be?”

ok and now i am going to have to stop myself quoting because there is just too much more to quote READ IT. this is one of those books i have been throwing at people demanding they read ever since i first picked it up.

Next Book

the sequel JUST ONE YEAR will be out in October… and yes i know that is still 5 MONTHS AWAY… (not good enough) we are 5 months closer than when i read this book

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