Tuesday, July 31

Review: Pushing The Limits

Pushing The Limits
Katie McGarry

Publication Date: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: July 30, 2012
Source: Review Copy from MiraINK Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 392

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From Goodreads:
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.



"Everything about you is beautiful and sexy as hell."

When thinking of Pushing the Limits the first word that comes to mind is just WOW! No words I could ever say or write with do justice to this book it was just phenomenal. 
I had heard such amazing things about this book so when I received it for review I was so excited to start it. Every good thing I heard still did not do this book justice. After hearing such amazing things I went in with high expectations. It fulfilled those expectations and so much more. It surpassed them. As must as I was expecting this book to be good I was not expecting it to be as fantastically phenomenal as it was.

Echo was popular once. But then something happened. She started withdrawing from her friends and became the centre of the school's gossip. But Echo doesn't even remember herself what happened. All she knows is that she woke up in hospital with scars on her arms with no recollection of how they got there. While going through councelling to try and remember that night and what happened to her Echo meets Noah, typical bad boy and bad influence. But Noah's life is more similar to Echo's than she knows. Trying to fight her growing attraction to the boy everyone tells her to stay away from Echo much make a decision, go for what she wants and become a social reject or keep living a lie to please her friends and family. But no matter what she decides will she be able to handle the truth about what happened?

There are just no words to explain this book. I loved it so much and read it in one sitting. I could not put it down. From the very first page I was sucked into Echo and Noah's world and I just couldn't put it down until the last page. I devoured it and now wish I had taken my time with it as I just want to read it all over again.

Katie's writing is phenomenal. Pushing the Limits is told in split perspective. You have no clue how excited I was to find out this. I adore split perspective books. They are my absolute favourites as if feels like you are reading two stories in the same novel. That is one of the things I absolutely adore about this book, but it is only one thing of many.

There are not many authors out there who can completely suck me in like that and hook me so much that I cannot put it down. Pushing the Limits reminded me of how I felt when I read Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. That was the first YA contemporary book I read and I devoured that in one sitting. Since then there has not been one contemporary novel that has gripped me like that... until now. Pushing the Limits made me feel like that. Simone Elkeles used to be my favourite Contemporary writer. After reading this book all I can say is move over Simone Elkeles because there is a new Queen of Contemporary in town! This book is phenomenal and is a must read. Even if you don't like contemporary... you  MUST read this book.

Echo and Noah have to be two of the best characters I have ever read about. I love them both. Echo is such a great character. So many bad things have happened to her and she still goes on. I just wanted to reach into the book and give her a hug and tell her everything would be okay. Then she met Noah. *insert dreamy sigh here* I loved Noah right from the very first moment. He is the typical bad boy but underneath all that the sweetest most loving guy that any girl would fall head-over-heels for... and I did. He is amazing and I am completely and totally in love with him. Noah in one word is... PERFECT!

Pushing the Limits is one of those highly unique books that you don't find very often but when you do you know you will cherish is forever. This is without a doubt the most emotional book I have ever read and I pretty much cried most of the way through it. It's such a beautiful and inspiring story and I know I will cherish this story forever and will re-read it again and again. It is simply beautiful and phenomenal.

Out of 5 stars I would give this book... A MILLION! It's just phenomenal and my favourite contemporary book I have ever read in my life. It completely took my breathe away and all I want to do is to read it again. Katie McGarry is now my favourite contemporary author ever and I take my hat off to her. She is phenomenal at what she does and I will be waiting on the edge of my seat counting down the days until her next book comes out.

"I'm right here and I swear I'll never let anyone hurt you again."

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Monday, July 30

Review Copy Cleanup: Introduction Post

Okay YES I am cheating and starting early but I have a ridiculous amount of review books so I am starting today.
I have selected a small amount of the review books that I have for review. I can never decide what I am going to read until I am about to choose a book to read so I have instead selected a few hardcopy review books and a few e-book review books that I have. I will be choosing from these listed here when choosing which books to read for the challenge.

HardCopy Review Books:


E-Book Review Books:





I might read different books from these as I do have more review books that just these but there are the ones I am most looking forward to and will probably be reading.

I am aiming to read at least 10 of my review books during this challenge.

I am starting today and I will be starting with:


Wish me luck!!

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Okay so I have nowhere near as many books for review as kay has. I still have a few and I want to try to read them all before the summer ends.
I only have e-books for review and here are the books I still have to review:





So I hope I will manage to read all of those this month!
 

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #1)

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #1)
Molly Harper

Publication Date: February 11, 2012
Finish Date: July 29, 2012
Format: e-book


From Goodreads: Northern Exposure Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble. For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question. If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .
  I was really surprised by this book. I picked it up because one of my friend kept talking about how good it was and I was in the mood for a light read. This book has a good story, good romance and it is just a really enjoyable read. It also is a light, funny and enjoyable book.

While the story seems not to be as important as it sounds mainly like a romance novel, but the story had more depth than I expected. The story is about Mo who moved to Alaska to get away from her parents and start a new life there. The first part of the book actually deals mainly with Mo getting settled in the small village and getting to know some people. The romance comes in a bit later. I did enjoy both the story and the romance. The romance did seem to skip along a bit fast at some point after starting out pretty slow.

The story is a bit predictable at times and there where also a few situations that where a bit unbelieveable. But overal it is very well written and there is enough background story about both characters. I also was really glad we first got some story, before the romance started.

Also this book deals with werewolves in a bit original way, they are not the focus of the story. It's more like Mo get's a boyfriend who is actually a werewolf. There is enough depth and effort in describing why he is a werewolf and how they can change, but it is not the focus of this book. It is first a great story with romance and the supernatural aspect is just a part of it. I actually liked reading a book about werewolves like this. They are not the main story part, but still play a part. And I liekd reading a romance story with still a touch of the supernatural.

To conclude: I really liked this book. It is a very enjoyable read, with a great story, great romance, great characters and even a supernatural element trown in. I am certainly going to check out more books in this genre and from this author.


Review: Arson (Arson #1)

Arson (Arson #1)
Estevan Vega

Publication Date: May 4, 2010
Date Read: July 30, 2012
Source: Review Copy from Author
Format: E-Book

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From Goodreads:
ARSON is the first book in a Young Adult Paranormal series. Book two, ASHES, is also available now. 

ARSON GABLE FEELS LIKE A FREAK. HE CAN CREATE FIRE. HE NEVER ASKED FOR IT. HE NEVER WANTED IT. BUT HE CAN'T SHUT IT OFF.

Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl--who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin--moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. After years of living in fear, he will be forced to confront his haunting past and embrace the unknown as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Edgy, realistic, and breathtaking, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated teenager with unimaginable ability, is set to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.



Wow, I don't really know what I was expecting when I started this book but I was just not prepared for the incredible ride you go on throughout this book. When I was asked to review this book I said yes because I had heard of the book before and I just love this new repackaged cover. It's so gorgeous. Although I had heard of the book I hadn't read any reviews on it so I didn't know what to expect. I didn't go on to read some reviews before starting as I wanted to go into it with no predisposed opinions. This book is fantastic. I really loved it.


Arson Gable believes he is a monster. Cursed. With the ability to control fire and burn anyone at any moment Arson keeps to himself. But when a strange girl in a mask moves in next door Arson finds himself drawn to her. Can he trust himself to be friends with her? Or is he doomed to be secluded forever?


I loved this book. It's true that I wasn't really sure what to think at the beginning. I was a little confused and unsure what was going on but I kept reading and I was so glad that I did. As soon as Emery came into the story then for me that's when it picked up and started to really enjoy it. She is by far my favourite character. I love her. 


I loved trying to work out what was going on with all of the characters in this book. Like why was Emery hiding behind this mask? What happened to her in the past that made her like this? The same goes for Arson. What's happened so that he believes he is a monster?


One of the things I really loved about this book is that you saw the perspectives of so many characters. You saw through the eyes of Arson, Emery, Kay, Joel and Aimee and I really loved that. I am a big fan of split perspective books as I love the feeling that we are getting more than one story in the novel, we are getting many through the different perspectives of each character and that was one of the things that I really loved about this book.


I thought the storyline was really interesting and there was a lot of action at the very end. I am definitely an action kind of girl so throughout most of the book I kept hoping that there was more action. I definitely got that wish right at the end and I am really excited about book 2. The ending of Arson is one of those endings that leaves you reeling and on the edge of your seat dying to see what would happen next.


I will definitely be reading the next book in this series at some point. I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to see what happens with all of the characters. I think Estevan has done a fantastic job with Arson, coming up with a great unique story, unlike anything I have read before, and I am very excited to see where the story goes from here. A great start to a new series.


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Sunday, July 29

Showcase Sunday (#13)

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Bought/Swapped:

Bad Blood (Crimson Moon #1) by LA Banks
Touch (Denezen #1) by Jus Accardo

For Review:

Debutantes by Cora Harrison*
Foretold (Demon Trappers #4) by Jana Oliver**

Thanks To:

*Misty @ Bookaholics Book Club
**Macmillan Publishers

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Monday, July 23

Vote #TEAMDAEMON in the #YACRUSHTOURNEY

Hey guys,
Yea yea yea I know! I'm advocate for Aiden

BUT

Valerie over at Stuck in Books... one of my bestest blogging friends EVER and fellow JLA obsessive is advocate for Daemon.
That is right guys, we are the two halves of #TEAMJLA

Well it's Daemon's tourney today and YOU have to vote!!!!!

Here Valerie and a special guest tell you why!




'SUP!? Valerie from StuckInBooks here to give you the deets on my boy Daemon from the Lux series (Shadows, Obsidian, Onyx, Opal and more).



Yeah, my FAV author is JLA and I'm totes obsessed with this guy but I may not be the blogger with the best insights on this boy, no that would be Katy (Lux Series) from Katy's Krazy Book Obsession!!!  Okay, I know she's fictional but that girl KNOWS Daemon, so I've asked for her help with this.  I give you Katy!



Wow, I can't believe that Daemon is in this tourney!  As if his ego isn't big enough?  But seriously, and don't tell Daemon I said this, if anyone is crush worthy enough (and okay, a little stab-worthy) and a true hero when it counts, it's Daemon.



Okay, so Daemon has the looks thing down.  The first time I saw him, I think I might have drooled a little.  Hey, it happens to most females of all ages when they see him.  And some guys, too.



"Heavy footsteps came from the other side, and then the door was swinging open and I was staring at a very broad, tan, well-muscled chest.  A naked chest.  My gaze dropped and my breath sort of...stalled.  Jeans hung low on his hips, revealing a thin line of dark hair that formed below his navel and disappeared under the band of the jeans." (Obsidian page 7)



"My gaze finally traveling north again, I noted thick, sooty lashes fanning the tips of his high cheeks and hiding the color of his eyes as he looked down at me." (Obsidian page 7)



Did I mention his "full, kissable lips".  And I did get to see those eyes - "so green and brilliant they couldn't be real".



Hot is a weak word when it comes to describing Daemon.



"Beautiful face.  
Beautiful body.  
Horrible attitude.
It was the holy trinity of hot boys." (Obsidian page 19)



Sometimes when Daemon opens his mouth, he sort of ruins things. But he has his reasons.  For an eighteen year old, he's shouldering a lot of responsibility.  Keeping a galaxy size secret, while protecting his family.  And nothing means more to him besides his family...and well, there is someone else.  But anyway, he was horrible to me for a while there.  He may have earned some bonus points here. I've never felt stronger than after putting that boy in his place.  And then there's the whole pen poking thing. Le sigh.




Yeah, I got hold of this chapter from his POV.  How that happened, I have no idea but this kinda did surprise me.



"Kate met my stare and held it.  Not backing down--never backing down.  Reluctant respect continued to grow inside me, but underneath that, something else was developing.  I was two seconds from kissing that pissed off look right off her face.  I wondered what she'd do.  Hit me?  Kiss me back?" (Obsidian - Uh-oh speghetti-o's)



"I smiled, and her lips twitched.  Dammit, if I didn't know better, I'd think she liked our little fights, too."  (Obsidian - Uh-oh speghetti-o's)



Maybe what he told me later is true.  "I always liked you. From the moment you first flipped me off." (Onyx)





I know he resisted it and tried to keep me away to protect his family and me too, really.



"This was wrong.  Think of Dawson.  Look at what happened to him.  Did I want to take the same risk?  Leave Dee all alone?  But even now I could feel her skin, taste it--sweet and sugary like candy.  Hear that wonderful sound she made over and over again, haunting every mile I put between us." (Obsidian - The Morning After) 



I think I finally got him, though.



"A smile pulled at his lips as he looked away.  'I had more fun that day than I can remember.  I know it sounds stupid, but--'  '



It's not stupid.' My heart lurched.  At once, I sort of understood him better.  Underneath it all, I think he wanted to be normal." (Obsidian page 151) 



"And there was the real Daemon.  Still a total badass, but there was pain in him, a vulnerability in the lines of his face that I doubted anyone ever got to see." (Obsidian page 159)



I can tell you, he's saved my life more than once with his serious alien mojo.  And he tirelessly protects countless others (human and alien), sacrificing sleep and even having a life to patrol the town and the colony of Luxen.  He does this without even being asked.  It's not a job to him or a duty.  He does it because he wants to.



****spoiler's for Obsidian**** 


"His sloppy, wet lips cut off my words.  His tongue slipped into my mouth, and I wanted to puke.  My heart rate tripled, and in an instant, I wished I'd listened to Daemon...I managed to get my head free. 'Simon, stop!' And then Simon did stop.  I sagged against the tree, dazed and breathless.  There was the sound of someone hitting the ground and then a wounded cry.  Someone was bending over a sprawled Simon, reaching down and picking him up by the scruff of his neck. 'Do you have a problem understanding simple English?'" (Obsidian page 201)




"Daemon threw up his hands and a great roar started under the car, shaking the road, and the trees thrashed outside.  A loud crack sounded, like a blast of thunder, quickly followed by several more in succession.  The earth seemed to shake and rumble....Trees were being ripped from out of the ground, their thick and gnarled roots dripping clumps of moist dirt...Oh my God, Daemon was uprooting trees." (Obsidian page 207)




"Daemon's light flickered but continued climbing up my arm, wrapping me in his intense heat.  Like the day of the first Arum attack, in the wake of his warmth, my body began knitting itself back together." (Obsidian page 254) 



Yeah I have feeling for him.  Don't be telling him or anything but I'm voting for Daemon Black.  You should too!  His heart is right and when it comes down to it,you want someone like him on your side.  And yeah, Daemon Black puts the "W" in HAWT.





Thanks Katy.  Appreciate the inside scoop on Daemon.  It's for sure he has MY VOTE.



I'd also like to thank Traci at The Reading Geek for all the help organizing Daemon's Street team.



***Incentives Time***

First up, we have incentives from the author, Jennifer L Armentrout.

If Daemon wins this round, she will show a never before scene between Katy and Daemon (between Obsidian and Onyx)



There are more incentives if Daemon makes it further:

Onyx copies signed by Pepe, Sztella, and Jennifer
Swag signed by the three
More Daemon stuff and never seen before pics

The scene filmed that never happened in the books

And the full, uncut laptop scene from the trailer.

Incentives Broken Down:


500 Votes: A Daemon Teaser from Onyx
800 Votes: A Daemon POV teaser from Onyx
1000 Votes: Signed ARC of Onyx (Pepe, Sztella and Jen)
1300 Votes: A juicy teaser from Deity and Cursed
1550 Votes: Signed Daemon Invasion Tour swag
2000 Votes: A juicy teaser from Deity, Cursed and Unchained
2500 Votes: A signed copy of Deity
3000 Votes: a reeeeeeeeeeeeeal good teaser of Onyx
Winning Vote: A deletes, unedited Obsidian scene between Katy and Daemon

**Remember** If Daemon or Aiden makes it into the final four, I will share the unedited, special edition "Laptop Scene"

EEP! SQUEE!!! He MUST WIN!!!

My turn for incentives!!!

I have two giveaways for you!!  The first one is for these pretty smokin' hot official 
#TeamDaemon Bookmarks!!!






This Giveaway is for TODAY only!!! There are 15 winners! You earn entries by tweeting about the VOTE, and sharing this post on FB or G+.

The point is to get the word out about voting for DAEMON!  YES it's international!!!


The next one is progressive and ends when the tourney is over.  I'll start with one winner but will add a winner for each round that Daemon moves through the tourney.

Each winner will win their choice of JLA books.  International!

Again the point is to get the word out about voting!!!


GO FORWARD AND VOTE!

Yea both my girls, Jen AND Valerie are awesome!! So what are you waiting for???
Go
Go
GO

VOTE DAEMON!

It's Monday What Are You Reading (#40)

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Currently Reading!


Inbetween (Kissed by Death #1) by Tara Fuller
Arson (Arson #1) by Estevan Vega

Finished!


Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White

Up Next!


Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Debutantes by Cora Harrison

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Sunday, July 22

Feyland: the dark realm

Feyland: The Dark Realm
Anthea Sharp

Publication Date: December 4, 2012
Finish Date: July 22, 2012
Source: copy from author
Format: e-book


From Goodreads: WHEN A GAME... Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn't suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch -- or that she'll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.

TURNS REAL...

Tam Linn is the perfect hero -- in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he's the only one who can help her.

WINNING IS EVERYTHING...

Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen... before it's too late.
I wanted to read this book, because it sounded like an original story. It certainly was an original story and I really enjoyed it. The story really is the best thing about this book.

The story is really original and I liked how the game world en real world interacted. I am a gamer myself and I liked reading a book about it like this. The story is at first a bit confusing, because it is in the future and the author has made up a few words herself and at first it was a bit confusing because of all the new terms. The story was really good and fast paced.

The characters are interesting, but at first it seems a bit simple. Later on in the book we do learn more about both main characters. I think I still prefer it if we learn more about the characters, because we still get little information about them. We do see the story from two perspectives and this really adds some depth to the story.

I think the world building and game world building still lack a bit of depth. The story is really what is the strong point of this book. I do like the fact that the author made some words up, but this does make it a bit confusing at first. After the first few chapters I did get used to it. I liked how the author mixed fea lore with real life problems, although I would've liked a bit more depth.

To conclude: I liked the story and it was really original. The story is really good and fast paced. It was an interesting story and I enjoyed it. I would've preferred a bit more depth to the characters and world building. The first few chapters are a bit confusing due to the word the author made up, but I quickly got used to it.