30.9.13

September Recap!

Oy, where did September go?


Seven books isn't bad, all things considered.  I picked up what felt like a billion books this month, and had a hard time getting into anything.  I didn't DNF anything, I just read the first few pages of a lot of books.  That's a good thing for those above, because it means that I really enjoyed them all!

September also meant starting my second last nursing placement!  I'm loving it so far, even though it means working *almost* full time for no pay (it would be full time, but the school put a cap on me for 72 hours every two weeks).  Honestly though, I'm only 6 shifts in and I've learnt so much.  Rural hospitals FTW.

The hospital is 20 minutes away from my house, which means I need a driving anthem.  This month it was...
Luke Bryan is god-like.  I love his whole Crash My Party album.  Out Like That is another great track, if you're interested.

More of a TV person?  I devoured all of New Girl and the first four seasons of Flashpoint.  Both are fantastic, and Flashpoint is Canadian so #winning.  Although I am a lot more afraid of Toronto now...

But back to books.  The winner in my head this month was...
Fangirl was a *very* close second, but the Hector feels won out.  Here is my full review, but The Bitter Kingdom was just a fantastic conclusion to an amazing trilogy.  I'm still in denial that it's over.

Hope you guys all had a great summer, and I'll see you in October!


26.9.13

Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian

Published February 26th, 2013
Delacorte Press
273 pages (Hardcover)



Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost. 
 
Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.
 
Kellan didn’t think he would ever see Mira again—or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides—between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts. (From Goodreads)


Edge of Dawn is book 11 in the Midnight Breed series, but is a fresh start of sorts, beginning the stories of the original set of character's children.  This book follows Kellan and Mira, two characters we have been previously introduced to, now all grown up!

This book is setting the scene for the next several books in the series, to the point that it felt as if it could have been the first in a series.  The re-establishement of the world, which has changed a lot since we left off, left me a little disappointed.  The world-building is balanced nicely with tons of action and a decent bit of sexy-time.

I had a difficult time keeping track of all the characters.  This book features a lot of names.  Half of them are from previous books.  The remainder are there children, plus new warriors.  This makes for a lot of names, and while some are only briefly mentioned, they are likely to come up again and I feel like I should have made a reference guide or something.

Mira is already well known in the series, and I don't think anyone would be surprised that she grew up into a little bit of a badass.  Kellan was also in previous books.  However, I found myself more interested in Nathan, a former hunter from the Hunter's story, and Dare, Lucan's son.  I hope their story's will be coming up soon.

If you're interested in giving an adult paranormal series a try, this is one that I fully recommend.  My tip is to start back at book one, Kiss of Midnight, or here with Edge of Dawn.  Overall, I really enjoy this series and can't wait to see where it goes next.

25.9.13

"Waiting On" Unbreakable

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating!




This week I am excited for...
I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.  (From Goodreads)
Unbreakable is described as "Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code".  I've never read The Da Vinci Code, but I will give anything a chance if it is similar to Supernatural.   The story sounds right up my alley.  Secret societies, demons and the paranormal make me very happy.  I'm also excited since I was not a fan of Beautiful Creatures, and want to give something else by Kami Garcia a read.  That being said, I sense a love triangle (identical twins?).  I have been avoiding reviews thus far, so I really don't know.  Not that this would turn me away, at this point.  Unbreakable is out October 1st, 2013.  Bring on the paranormal and the creepy!

24.9.13

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful ladies over at
The Broke And The Bookish!

This Week's Topic:
Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

I love a good series!  Most of this is because I can get way to atteched to characters, and just want to read more and more about them!  Here are some of my favourite sequels so far!



23.9.13

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah L. Maas

Published August 27th, 2013
Bloomsbury
420 pages (Hardcover)



An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.


After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. 
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for? (From Goodreads)


I'm going to focus on the characters here.  The plot and setting and all that were decent enough.  It's the characters here that I feel the need to discuss.

Celaena did absolutely NOTHING for me.  There is something about her that just didn't make sense to me.  She was an assassin, but so materialistic.  Apparently she has no problem with blood money and burning dresses.  Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't figure her out.  Add on her attitude and I was annoyed.  Everything is black and white to Celaena.  It seemed that every scene ended with some melodramatic woe-is-me statement.  This started to get on my nerves very fast.

That being said, I really enjoyed the perspectives of Choal and Dorian.  I wish that there had been more Dorian.  His story actually got really interesting, but more focus was placed on Choal.  This is justifiable, given what is happening in the book, but I really would have loved more Dorian.  As characters, both were a lot more, in my opinion, likable.  I felt a lot more for these two than Celaena, and found myself skipping chunks of the book in order to get back to Dorian and Choal's perspectives.

That all being said, I think that any fans of Throne of Glass will be blown away by this sequel.  There is lots of action and romance and good stuff in there that I really did enjoy, I just grew tired of Celaena's perspective.

19.9.13

Review: Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown

Published May21st, 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
288 pages (Hardcover)



Ashleigh's boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he'll forget about her while he's away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh's friends suggest she text him a picture of herself -- sans swimsuit -- to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits "send."

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone -- until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he's the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh's photo -- and didn't look. 
Acclaimed author Jennifer Brown brings readers a gripping novel about honesty and betrayal, redemption and friendship, attraction and integrity, as Ashleigh finds that while a picture may be worth a thousand words . . . it doesn't always tell the whole story. (From Goodreads)


Thousand Words is a book with a powerful message about the dangers of sexting, and while I respect that message, the story itself did nothing for me.

The whole story revolves around the move of a douchebag boy, who decides to send a naked photo of his girlfriend out to his contacts, and the aftermath that she has to deal with.  Ashleigh ends up going through the ringer for this, and there are child pornography charges and other assorted legal troubles that really emphasize the risks of sending nude texts.  It's kind of scary to think about, and that is the power this book has.  It shows the extended effects of bullying and the implications on other family members.  I respect how Jennifer Brown brings forward a side of sexting that I had never even really considered.

That being said, this quote from the book pretty much sums up how I felt about it.
There was nothing about the book that really drew me in and made me want to keep reading.  I almost DNFed it a couple times, but kept going with the hopes of a big turnaround that never came.  The message was powerful, but the story didn't match that.

Throughout the book I found myself wishing the story would change directions.  What was going on with the douchbag?  What is going on with Mack?  The book brought up this whole story about Mack and the left it there and did nothing with it.  I don't want to give anything away, but a semi-predictable bomb is dropped and then nothing is done with the that.  I don't even think it was mentioned again.  There was so little of anything, and a lot of whining by Ashley about how no one understands how she feels, meanwhile she refuses to accept the implications her actions had on others.  It just didn't keep me engaged in the story.  

Ultimately, Thousand Words had a powerful message but a dull story.  Regardless, I respect Jennifer Brown for bringing up the topic and would suggest this book for a lot of high schoolers.

18.9.13

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Published December 2nd, 2010
Speak
372 pages (Paperback)



Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair.  Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all... including a serious girlfriend. 
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? (From Goodreads)


OH MY GOD WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG THIS IS PERFECT!!!

How do I even review this?

First off, this book is set at a boarding school in Paris!  Let's discuss that for a moment.  Paris itself is magical, and Stephanie Perkins' writing made me wish I was there so badly.  Add my random childhood desire to go to a boarding school, and we're golden!

The characters are dynamic and fantastic.  Each and every one has a little something that draws you in and makes you love them.  I think a lot of us would love to be in Anna's place too.  St. Clair is snarky and swoon-worthy!  Their romance is engaging and and draws you in.  I could not put this down!

This is such an easy read to.  It feels like you're just going along with Anna and living with her.  It never tries to get too heavy.  It's just an easy contemporary read that would be perfect for the beach or a lazy day in.  I think that this is one that I will be going back to in the future and rereading, possibly multiple times.

Anna and the French Kiss just has that magical quality about it that makes it an amazing read.  All the little pieces add up to an amazing story that I could not put down.  Now I'm forcing it upon everyone.  Go figure.

17.9.13

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful ladies over at
The Broke And The Bookish!

This Week's Topic:
Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

I usually just answer this with a photo of some books off of my TBR pile, but I decided to go with all new fall releases this time round.  Why?  There are a few titles I am really excited about.  There are a few that I will be picking up on release day and devouring instantly.  Fall is my favourite season, so here's to some great new titles *picks up pumpkin spice latte**cheers*.

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa --- October 29th
The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist --- October 22nd
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell --- September 10th
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken --- October 15th
Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout --- November 2nd
Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis --- September 24th
Allegiant by Veronica Roth --- October 22nd
Crash Into You by Katie McGarry --- November 26th
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead --- November 19th
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia --- October 1st

16.9.13

Review: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Published August 27th, 2013
Greenwillow Books
448 pages (Hardcover)



The epic conclusion to Rae Carson's Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.
Elisa is a fugitive in her own country.  Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness.  As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she's never imagined.  And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history.  She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most.  (From Goodreads)


I AM NOT READY TO SAY GOODBYE TO THIS SERIES!  I had huge expectations for this book, The Bitter Kingdom did not disappoint.

The Bitter Kingdom was everything I wanted, plus some.  It's basically the badass save-Hector-and-the-world show.  A lot happens here, and it is all woven together beautifully.  It's intricate and crazy and infinitely fun.  Saving the world isn't simple, and Rae Carson pieced it together in a fantastic way.

We've watched Elisa develop from a insecure girl to a full-blown queen worthy of the title.  This is character development at it's finest folks.  Like, take notes.  She's negotiating and scheming and she never would have done that before!  Then there is Hector.  I LOVE HECTOR.  He's a certifiable badass and loyal and so madly in love with Elisa that I cried.  No joke, I cried.  As far as characters go, they felt so bloody real that I want them in my life.  This can be said about all of them too.  The relationship between Mara and Belen was fantastic.  Then there is Red, a new character to The Bitter Kingdom that made me so happy!  We can look at Storm, too, and see crazy development in him.

I'm attached to this world and don't want to let go.  I want more!  A seperate series about Belen and Mara?  Maybe Red when she grows up?  Some Rosario?  Enough questions are left open that *could* fuel more books.  I'm begging here.  Please give me more.  Please.

In summary, go check out The Girls of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers, because The Bitter Kingdom was the best conclusion I could ask for. 

13.9.13

Book Superlatives!

Yet another survey thinger here, created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner,  that I could not pass up!  This was was a lot harder than I thought it would be!  That's the reason I'm so late on joining the fun.  I literally got to a point where I wanted to answer everything (and I mean everything) with either Shatter Me or Unravel Me.  Think about it...

Characters
Most Likely To Change The World
Katniss from The Hunger Games
Cutest Couple
Anna and St. Clair in Anna and the French Kiss
Class Clown
Tod from With All My Soul
Most Likely To Become Famous For Their Athletic/Musical/Artistic Abilities
Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone
All Around Good Person
Hector from The Crown of Embers
Biggest Flirt
Daemon from Obsidian
Most Likely To Be Fought Over
Dimitri from Vampire Academy
Most Likely To Be Friends Forever
Lissa and Rose from Vampire Academy
Most Likely To Have Their Own Reality Show
Magnus from City of Bones
Most Unique
Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door
Most Likely To Survive An Apocalypse
Jack from Blood Red Road
Most Likely To Be A Villain
Jonathan from City of Lost Souls
Biggest Wallflower
Finn from Born Wicked
Most Likely To Break Your Heart
Jem from Clockwork Princess
Most Changed
Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Most Likely To Get Arrested
Kai from Sweet Evil
Self Proclaimed God/Goddess
Seth from Diety
Best Person To Bring Home To Mom and Dad
Simon from City of Bones

Books
Most Likely To Make You Cry
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
Dares To Be Different
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Best Dressed
Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black
Most Likely To Make You Swoon
Wait For You by J. Lynn
Loveliest Prose
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Most Likely To Be A Favourite of 2013
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Most Likely To Change The World (or change your life)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Most Likely To Keep Putting Off
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Most Likely To End Up As A Christmas Gift For Everyone You Know
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Most Likely To Be Thrown
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Most Likely To Be Reread More Than Once
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Most Likely To Make You Read Through An Earthquake Because It's That Engrossing
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Most Likely To Be Passed On To Your Children
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Most Likely To Break Your Heart Into A Million Pieces
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
Most Likely To Brighten Up Your Day
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

12.9.13

Review: Mechanical by Pauline C. Harris

Published April 28th, 2013
Fire and Ice Young Adult Books
eBook


Drew is an android. From the very beginning of her existence, she has been programmed by her creators to understand her superiority and overwhelming responsibilities. She was created for a mission, a mission more important than anything she could ever have imagined.

Drew is sent to a high school to observe the humans and report back to her creators. But when she begins to form friendships with these humans and starts feeling strange human emotions, she doubts the creators’ ways of dealing with her and wonders whether her mission is as wonderful as it once seemed.
 
As Drew falls deeper and deeper into the mystery surrounding her mission and her creation, she’s suddenly left with a choice. Does she follow through with what she’s known all her life or does she act on what she now knows is right? (From Goodreads)


A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.  This in no way influenced my opinion.

I was pleasantly surprised by Mechanical, a book that managed to draw me in instantly, and kept me reading until I devoured it all!

Mechanical has a contemporary setting, but with androids.  My biggest complaint about Mechanical would be the lack of back story.  You're sort of dropped into this world and not told a whole lot about it.  This sort of works into the underlying mystery of the story, but it also got a little confusing at points.  I wanted to know a little more about Drew and her past.  This applies to all of the characters.  Just a little more development would have been nice.  Beyond the lack of development, the characters were decent.  They legitimately felt like kids who were early in their high school years.

The plot isn't overly complex, but there is this damn mission going on and it keeps getting referenced but the suspense in figuring it out is what did it for me.  I was actually getting flustered from the suspense.  Seriously, they're all like "this is your mission" and I'm like "WHAT IS THE MISSION?!".  This I-just-have-to-know aspect made it a good, quick read.

Overall, I did enjoy Mechanical.  A little more back story would have been nice, but there remains that ability to draw you in and not let go.

11.9.13

"Waiting On" Not A Drop To Drink

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating!




This week I am excited for...
Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.
But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it…. (From Goodreads)
One, the creep factor on this cover is awesome.  Two, I am in need of a good post-apocalyptic novel.  Three, people are fighting over water.  This sounds awesome, and is out soon, on September 24th, 2013

10.9.13

Top Ten Tuesday: Movies I Would Watch, Maybe

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful ladies over at
The Broke And The Bookish!

This Week's Topic:
Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show

This is an excellent topic when you consider all the great YA books that will be hitting the big screen within the next year.  Some I am super excited about (I loved the Vampire Academy teaser) and others I will see anyways (I am not feeling Divergent).  Here are some more that I would love to see on the big screen.  I think some of these have been optioned/are in the very early stages of becoming a movie, but I rarely keep up with this sort of thing, so feel free to share with me!
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Witches and books and Finn 
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Mostly just for Will and Jem
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Liani Taylor
I know that this one is in the early stages of movie-dom
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
100% for Beast and badassery
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Aiden.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Because it would be crazy and awesome.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
There is no way that I'm the only one thinking this #TeamAdam
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
This is the type of alien movie I could watch
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Hector feels
The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Meh, it would be cute

9.9.13

Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published August 27th, 2013
Entanglement Publishing
364 pages (Paperback)


Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.
After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.
Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 
But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 
And will they even be together? (From Goodreads)


JLA strikes again!  While I wouldn't call Origin my favourite book in the Lux series, it is definitely a great read!

The dual POV was a necessary addition here, given the circumstances Katy and Daemon found themselves in.  Origin  would have been pretty boring from only one of their perspectives.  I enjoyed being in Daemon's head.  Sometimes his actions seem a little psychotic, so understanding what he is thinking was a nice touch.

There was lots of action in this one, including a big fight in Vegas and some crazy new supernatural beings that I think of as the ultimate shit disturbers.  I love my action, and Origin did not disappoint.  However, in between all this action, there were some slow points.  These weren't overwhelmingly slow put-the-book-down-forever moments, and may have just been downtime after the action high, but they were there.

Add the romance and BAM, I was happy.  I've said it before, and I will say it again.  Jennifer is the QUEEN of sexual tension.  I love it.  That's all I have to say about that.

If you haven't started this series yet, WTF are you doing?!  READ THIS!



6.9.13

Single Shot: The King's Guard by Rae Carson

Published July 30th, 2013
Greenwillow Books
111 pages (eBook)



At fifteen years old, Hector is the youngest squire in the most elite military force in the country. And his first day is disastrous. Everyone assumes the only reason he was recruited is his close personal association with King Alejandro, not because he's really earned it.
But Alejandro needs Hector for a secret mission, one that gives him the chance to prove to everyone—including himself—that he is worthy to be a Royal Guard. Hector must break into the ancient Fortress of Wind to retrieve something so important that the kingdom's future depends on it. What Hector finds in the fortress will stretch his bond of friendship with his king near to breaking. And it will prepare him to become the fearsome warrior and lord commander Elisa will never let go.  (From Goodreads)


If you want to feel all the Hector feels, The King's Guard is for you. 

This novella follows Hector just proving how much of a badass he is, even at the age of 15.  It is an interesting addition the series, providing insight into Hector's past that isn't seen in the three main novels.  You can definitely get by not reading this,  but who wouldn't want more Hector?  Nothing here is crucial, but you do gain more insight into Hector, as well as Lucio and Fernando, two more minor characters in the series.

The story isn't bad either.  I wouldn't call it mind-blowing, but it was still good and worth the couple bucks.  If you love the series and the Hector feels, give The King's Guard a try!

5.9.13

Review: Torn by K.A. Robinson

Published September 3rd, 2013
Atria Books
272 pages (Paperback)



Chloe hasn't had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past. 

On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.

Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.

Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?
Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink. (From Goodreads)


A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This in no way influenced my opinion.

I'm going to start by saying that I adore this cover design, and that's about it.  Torn started alright, but quickly fell apart and left me nothing but disappointed.


This is your quintessential New Adult novel.  There is a bad boy and a love triangle and questionable sex.  Not a single condom was mentioned.  There is sexual assault.  It's kind of sad how common this plot line has become.

I actually had a lot of hope at the beginning.  Chloe was a great idea for a character for the first few pages.  She was made out to be different than the average protagonist, and a little bit edgier.  She had gauged ears and an attitude, but things went downhill from there...

Turns out Chloe cannot function without a man to support her.  Whether it be Logan or Drake, Chloe is useless without them.  Add her oblivion to everyone around her and I was unimpressed.  I'm not even going to discuss Logan or Drake.  I think the real problem here is that there is absolutely NO development.  She remains this whiny, oblivious, needy girl through the whole book.  Even an ounce of development would have made a huge difference in Torn, but instead we are left with a girl who can't decide which guy she likes more, so decides to have sex with the one she is NOT dating!  I just have no respect for that.

Beyond my obvious issues with the characters, Torn has continuity issues.  For example, one minute Logan is in PJ pants, the next Chloe is taking off his jeans.  If this were an isolated incident, it wouldn't be such a big deal.  The issue is that it happens several times and is truly noticeable.

If you're a fan of New Adult titles, you may enjoy torn.  It has a very similar feel to Beautiful Disaster.  That being said, Torn is far from perfect and the complete lack of character development left a lot to be desired.

4.9.13

"Waiting On" Antigoddess

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating!




This week I am excited for...
Old Gods never die…
Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god. 

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning. 

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out. 

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.
The Goddess War is about to begin. (From Goodreads)
As someone who really didn't enjoy Anna Dressed in Blood (here is my review), I'm looking forward to trying something different by Kendare Blake.  I also love Greek mythology and mystery and the cover is kind of intriguing.  Antigoddess hits shelves September 10th, 2013.