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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To Stand Beside Her

To Stand Beside Her ~ B. Kristin McMichael

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Rating 2.5 stars

Blurb

To be the best courier in the world, eighteen-year-old Benét Leila follows three simple rules: always work alone, never stay in one place too long, and never fall in love. Too bad she didn’t follow her own advice.

Leila is a courier.
To the people she takes from, she is seen as a common thief; to the people she helps, she is a savior.
Nalick is your typical king.
He’s rich, powerful, and always assumed to be right. When Leila crosses paths with King Nalick, she finds herself trapped. In a rush to save her best friend Kay from a prison sentence for a crime Leila committed, Leila trades her hand in marriage in exchange for Kay’s freedom.

Tomboy Leila does not want to grow up, but in three months’ time, she will be married to King Nalick, if Nalick can keep his end of the bargain. First, Nalick must make Leila fall in love with him, a hard task since Leila is not ready to love again after losing her first love to a greedy king. Second, Nalick must keep her safe. He is not the only king trying to hold onto her. Leila has made many enemies over the years, and even more admirers that want her as a prize. Lastly, Nalick must convince Leila that ten years of love is better than a lifetime without. Unless Leila can trust her destiny, she might not reach her wedding day at all.

Review

for the most part this did not read like the first book of a self published author. From the beginning we are thrown into the action as Kay is trying to escape from the guards, this immediately caught my attention and i connected with her almost straight away, however this was not her story. it was Leila’s cue her arriving in the next scene in a comparably dull entrance and unfortunately in my opinion this did not change all that much through out the book. Leila was the quintessential “perfect” character that i must say i kind of hate, although this somehow was contradicted many times as well. she was the “best” courier seen as the “ghost courier” (that even while Kay was running for her life in the first scene, she still found the time to look up to) and yet she has apparently been caught so many times ( … once costing her fiance his life), and apparently has 0 awareness i was expecting some sought of reaction when the king moved her when she was sleeping but nup nada nothing. . however when she is caught she always manages to escape… usually with her feminine wiles, because despite being able to blend in she apparently seems to be the most beautiful girl any of these men have ever seen, and i am still wondering what is so special about her?

Then we come to King Nalick… who while i think he is charming and all the rest i don’t see what Leila thought was different about him compared to all the other kings vying for her hand in marriage, this i think is where this novel fell down for me one of the big requirements Leila said about marrying him is there would have to be love… and i was waiting for them to actually fall in love i wanted some courtship, instead the next day she tattoos herself (which basically seems to be the human version of branding in this book) into his family. it is because of me not believing in this relationship that the ending which while admittedly was bittersweet i did not find to be the sad ending i was warned about.

this all in all was just not what i was expecting i was expecting a kick ass heroine with great fight scenes ala Yelena in poison study… which may have been the problem … i was comparing it to one of my favorite books. i found the fight scenes lacking and clinical simply telling us what she did without any sought of description into how and they became almost non events.

Finally i would like to say something about the writing style, which while original i am starting to see more of at the moment. the writing style was a weird mix of 3rd person and 1st person, with it being written in the 3rd person as if you were a mind reader. This is not a writing style that i personally choose to read as i feel it lends itself to a story being told and not experienced, however i can understand why she did this as the story has so much to do with what characters are thinking.
while this book was not quite what i was expecting and not exactly my cup of tea i see potential in McMichael and i imagine this book will be enjoyed by many people.

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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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Rate that Cover: Allegiant

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WOW i don’t know what i am more surprised about the fact that this cover art is out or the fact that i actually am able to show you this so quickly (with my track record) so what do you think? Roth managed to surprise us all with her choice of title and personally she has surprised me with her cover as well. so far each of her covers have been fairly similar.

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Dark colours and a symbol for one of the factions in dead center. this new cover while at first glance looks similar enough with the tag line, city scape and circle insignia the insignia of this book is not one of the factions (at least those we know now {super secret faction maybe?}) or maybe i am reading way to far into this and she is just representing the elements fire, earth and water. the other thing you may notice is the city scape on the cover gets progressivly closer as the series goes on and i suppose you could say that the covers get progressively lighter. so really the only thing that surprises me in this cover is the insignia (which by the way i still think is kick ass)

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despite this i think this cover still sits well in the series and i still can’t wait to read it

what do you think?

Element, Part 1 novella

Element, Part 1 ~ C.M. Doporto

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Rating: 3.5 Stars

I would like to thank CM Doporto for giving me a free digital copy of Element, Part 1 in exchange for an honest review.
when I read the synopsis for this book I knew it was going to be new and different… in that respect I was not disappointed although I felt this ended just as it was really starting to get good. While the plot (so far) is intriguing I was a little disappointed with the romance. it felt too much like insta-love for me (although I am sure there is a perfectly good reason for that ready to be explained in the next book) to me Doporto’s true strength lies in her “action” sequences with them pulling me right in. unfortunately I did not find this so much in the conversation sections of the book… which is probably why I got irritated with some of the side characters… besides mentioning how beautiful the cover is (because just look at it) the only thing I have left to say is despite the minor blips (such as random POV changes, may be better if it was more evenly split rather than 2 inserts starting halfway through the book ) I found in this book I am still left chomping at the bit for the next instalment and really isn’t that what is important

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