Sunday, November 30

Book Haul: November 2014

Hey Guys,
Welcome to my book haul for the month of November. I didn't get nearly as many books as I did last month but here are my beauties I got this month.



Hardcopies:




Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
The Winners Curse (The Winners Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
Darkness and Light (Holloway Pack #1) by JA Belfield
Blue Moon (Holloway Pack #2) by JA Belfield
Resonance (Holloway Pack #2.5) by JA Belfield
Caged (Holloway Pack #3) by JA Belfield
Unnatural (Holloway Pack #4) by JA Belfield

 E-Books:

For Review:

 Into The Night by Suzanne Rigdon
Sleeping Jenny by Aubrie Dionne
The Stag Lord (Bannerman Boru #1) by Darby Kaye
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
Soul Print by Megan Miranda

Bought:


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke
Not A Drop To Drink (Not A Drop To Drink #1) by Mindy McGinnis
Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Special Package:


 Wicked (The Wicked Trilogy #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Wicked Bookmarks
Wicked Poster
Wicked Postcards
Wicked Fridge Magnets
The Elite Welcome Pack

Thats it for this month guys.
What new additions did you add to your TBR this month?



Friday, November 28

Non-Review: V!rg!n

V!rg!n
Radhika Sanghani

Published By: Mills and Boon
Publication Date: September 12, 2014
Date Read: November 7, 2014
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC from Mills and Boon
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
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From Goodreads:
Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right?  I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.

V!rg!n was one of those books that I couldn't wait to read. I love a good NA Romance book and ones revolving around awkward first times I love. This book ticked all the boxes as it sounded like something so funny and awkward and great and I couldn't wait to get into it.

Radhika is obviously a talented author. Her writing style was great and made it easy to read and I could have easily got lost in this book. Unfortunately I just couldn't get through it. The main character was just too annoying for me. The lead character is a twenty-something virgin. BUT she talks and thinks like she is an immature virginal teenager. It wasn't funny or awkaward or cute it was embarassing to read and just oh so annoying. I think Radhika was trying to capture the thoughts of a twenty-something-year-old virgin but speaking from experience that is not what they think. This is what a teenage virgin thinks. I know that said character is inexperiences but that doesn't mean she hasn't matured mentally. This really felt to me like it was a 14/15 year old character speaking. The thoughts and way she speaks about sex made me think of a young teenager and as that wasn't reflective of the character.

Due to this reason I just couldn't finish it.

Did Not Finish

 

Thursday, November 27

Review: The Possibility of Us (Pretty Amy #2.5)

The Possibility of Us (Pretty Amy #2.5)
Lisa Burstein

Published By: Entangled Embrace
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Date Read: November 2, 2014
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC from Entangled Embrace
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
One weekend together could change everything…

When her friend called to tell her about the funeral, Cassie wanted to say no. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old Wilderness Program counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn’t be there.

Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend.

But tough Cassie can’t truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.

"Maybe we were too broken to put back together. Maybe we’d been too broken to ever put together in the first place."

Having absolutely loved and devoured Dear Cassie I couldn't wait to start reading The Possibility of Us. I absolutely needed more of these characters and I really couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to them after the events of Dear Cassie. I was definitely not disappointed. I loved this little e-book that follows on Cassie and Ben's story. My only complaint is that it was over way too soon.

Cassie and Ben fell for each other while in Turning Pines, the rehabilitation camp that they found themselves in. But not everything can last forever. Cassie and Ben are still reeling from what happened between them months ago. When one weekend, they are suddenly thrown back together sparks fly. But can Cassie and Ben put the past behind them or has too much happened to allow them to follow their hearts and discover 'the possibility of us'.

The Possibility of Us is such an unputdownable book. It was absolutely fantastic and I couldn't put it down. I devoured it in one day. I just couldn't stop reading. I was utterly heartbroken to discover that Cassie and Ben were no longer together. All the way through Dear Cassie I just wanted them to be together so to start this and discover things hadn't worked out I just wanted to cry. But I trusted Lisa and continued reading it and it was absolutely amazing. Lisa definitely knows what she is doing and her amazing story-telling skills and her addictive writing style made this book such a fast and addictive read for me.

Cassie and Ben have fast become one of my favourite literary couples of all time. I just love them and the more I read about them the more I fell in love with both. Cassie has really grown a whole lot from where she started as a secondary character in Pretty Amy. Honestly I didn't really like Cassie that much at the start of this series. I thought she was such a bitch and didn't understand the connection between Amy and Cassie and why Amy was so loyal to her. Back then I certainly didn't think I would love Cassie this much but she has grown so much and I honestly love her more than Amy. She is all kinds of awesome. Add into the mix Ben, the sweetest more loyal and protective guy ever with a hint of bad boy and what's not to like? What I love about Ben is that he has a 'real' quality to him. Often in books the boys are so perfect that they are so unrealistic. Ben makes mistakes, he isn't perfect but that's what makes him, ironically, the perfect book boy.

The Possibilty of Us was a fantastic wrap-up to Cassie and Ben's story. It was perfect and beautiful. A part of me is still hoping that Lisa will go back to write about them again but if she doesn't then that is fine too because this was the perfect ending for them. I loved every moment of it and I can't wait to read more of Lisa's work. She's definitely a must-read author for me now.

"If snowflakes are like people, how is anyone lucky enough to find anyone in this world."

Wednesday, November 26

Waiting on Wednesday

Shadow Study (Study #4)
Maria V Snyder

Published By: Mira
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Genre: YA - Epic Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance.

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job - and his life - are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret - or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is - while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous,

ARGGGGGHHHHHH
another Study book.
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!
I love this series and I am so excited for another book about Yelena and Valek. Is it February yet?


Tuesday, November 25

Review: Dear Cassie (Pretty Amy #2)

Dear Cassie (Pretty Amy #2)
Lisa Burstein

Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Date Read: November 1, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Review Copy from Entangled Teen
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
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From Goodreads:
What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?

You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.

You’d be wrong.

There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about.

What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?

But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t—he can’t—the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies.

And yet I can’t help but wonder…what if?

Dear Cassie is one of the books that the wonderful people over at Entangled Teen sent me as a thank you for being with them from the beginning. It was joined by plenty of other awesome books and I was super excited about it. Before reading this one though I needed to read Pretty Amy which had been sat there for a while. I struggled through Pretty Amy, to be honest, as I found the characters pretty unlikable but they got better throughout the book and the story was pretty additive. After finishing it I couldn't help but start Dear Cassie straight away. It was not a disappointment. Dear Cassie was such a wonderful book and I devoured it in one sitting.

After the worst prom night ever Cassie is sent to Turning Pines, a wilderness rehabilitation camp. All Cassie can think about is getting out. Add into the mix Ben, the super hot guy who seems to be able to see straight past her facade. The last thing Cassie wants to do is get involved with someone but the more time she spends with Ben the more her defences start to fall. Can Cassie learn to trust again or is she determined to spend her life alone?

Dear Cassie is one of my favourite books of the year to date. I absolutely loved it. I loved Cassie's story so much more than Pretty Amy. I felt like I really sympathised and identified with Cassie more and I loved her sarcasm and wit. I just couldn't put this book down as I just fell in love with Cassie and Ben. They were just absolutely fantastic characters. Ben is without a doubt one of my favourite guys. He is super sweet while still having that bad boy persona. I loved the characters so much.

Dear Cassie was an addictive storyline with amazing characters and I couldn't put it down. The ending just utterly broke my heart and then put it back together right at the last minute. I absolutely loved it and I will definitely be reading all of Lisa's other works as her writing style makes her stories so addictive that you just can't stop reading.

If you love books that are full of swoon-worthy boys, sarcastic heroines and heart-stopping romance Dear Cassie is definitely a must-read. Pick it up now.


Monday, November 24

I Still Haven't Read...


This weeks pick...






The Edge of Never Series by J.A Redmerski

#1 The Edge of Never
#2 The Edge of Always

Have you read this series?


Wednesday, November 19

Waiting on Wednesday

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
Melissa Grey

Published By: Delacourte Press
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
For readers of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire

This blurb is awesome! I am a massive fan of YA fantasy novels and have been looking for more in this genre to read. This cover screams Shadow and Bone to me. It's absolutely stunning and I can't wait to read it. A definite must read for my shelf.


Monday, November 17

I Still Haven't Read...


This weeks pick...






The Sea Breeze Series by Abbi Glines

#1 Breathe
#2 Because of Low
#3 While It Lasts
#4 Just for Now
#5 Sometimes it Lasts (Haven't Read Yet)
#6 Misbehaving (Haven't Read Yet)
#7 Bad For You (Haven't Read Yet) 
 #8 Hold on Tight (Haven't Read Yet) 
 #9 Until the End (Haven't Read Yet)

Have you read this series?

 

Wednesday, November 12

Waiting on Wednesday

The Stars Never Rise
Rachel Vincent

Published By: Delacourte Press
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Genre: YA - Urban Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

YES!!!
Another series by Rachel Vincent. I absolutely adore Rachel Vincent books. Her adult Urban Fantasy series are in my opinion better than her Soul Screamers series but I am so excited about this. Young Adult + Urban Fantasy is bound to be epically awesome. I cannot wait!


Monday, November 10

I Still Haven't Read...


This weeks pick...


Click to Subscribe by LM Augustine

Have you read this book?


Saturday, November 8

Review: The Next Forever (Pretty Amy #1.5)

The Next Forever (Pretty Amy #1.5)
Lisa Burstein

Published By: Entangled Ever After
Publication Date: January 13, 2013
Date Read: October 30, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
One night in college can change everything…

Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party with the mysterious bad-boy Trevor is another story…

Joe so isn’t going to the library. He needs space from Amy, too, so he’s decided to rush a fraternity, to get back the swagger he had in high school. But it doesn’t take long for the brothers to invite him to the real rush here the beer is flowing and one particular girl has set her eyes on Joe.

Over the course of one wild night, both Amy and Joe will have to decide if their futures belong with two new people, or whether the next forever will have their first loves in it.

After finishing Pretty Amy I couldn't help but download this novella. I ended up absolutely loving Pretty Amy and I was dying to know what was going to happen to her and Joe next. The Next Forever definitely delivers that.

The Next Forever is set after Pretty Amy and Amy and Joe have gone to college. Set in one particular night that will test their relationship Amy and Joe must decide if their future is together or apart.

I loved this little novella. It really delivered and answered the questions that we were all wondering from the end of Pretty Amy. We saw the Amy that I had grown to love in the end of the book. The stronger, more independent Amy and I loved her even more in this book.

The Next Forever was the perfect follow on for Pretty Amy and I enjoyed every moment of it. I now can't wait to get into Dear Cassie and see her story.


Friday, November 7

Review: Pretty Amy (Pretty Amy #1)

Pretty Amy (Pretty Amy #1)
Lisa Burstein

Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Date Read: October 29, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
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From Goodreads:
Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when the girls get stood up for prom and take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx — Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Even worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing — like she is nothing.

Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.

Pretty Amy is one of those books that has been sat on my shelf for forever and I just never got around to starting it. This one has been on my radar since before the release as I've been working closely with Entangled Teen since they started. I am so glad I finally ended up reading this one as I really enjoyed it.

Amy is preparing for the best night of her life. Prom. Armed with her best friends and the dates that her best friend has arranged what could possibly go wrong? But when the dates stand them up and the girls take matters into their own hands their perfect night ends up with them behind bars. Faced with a summer of boring tasks to prove how good she is and away from her best friends Amy has to face the question of who she really is... and does she have a future to make up for her mistakes or will she end up behind bars permanently?

I had a little bit of trouble with Pretty Amy in the start of the book. I really didn't like her as a character. I felt like she was selfish and just a downright horrible person. I always have a lot of trouble finishing books when I don't like the characters but after a trusted friend told me that she would grow on me I continued and it was true. She did. I didn't understand her loyalty to Lila and Cassie. I don't know whether it is because we don't really see much of their friendship before they are seperated but the parts we do see of them they just aren't very nice people and I didn't get why she wanted to protect them so much. By the end of the book I really liked Amy. She really grows throughout the book and I loved that.

Pretty Amy was nothing like what I expected. I really expected a light and funny contemporary novel when in fact it was quite dark and deep. I loved it. I was soon taken up in the storyline and it made me not mind Amy's flaws quite so much. Lisa Burstein has a great narration style. It makes reading her books so easy and you are easily taken away by the story. I really ended up loving this book and it made me want to continue with the story straight away.

Pretty Amy is a great YA Contemporary novel and I would recommend it to any fan of YA Contemporaries. It's a dark and deep novel with lots of drama. I loved every moment of it and though I didn't connect with the characters straight away they definitely grow on you. A great debut.


Thursday, November 6

Non-Review: Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1)

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1)
Kim Harrison

Published By: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: January 8, 2009
Date Read: October 13, 2014
Genre: Adult - Urban Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Rachel Morgan is a white witch and runner working for Inderland Security, in an alternate world where a bioengineered virus wiped out a great deal of the world's human population – exposing the existence of the supernatural communities that had long lived alongside humanity.

For the last five years Rachel has been tracking down law-breaking Inderlanders in modern-day Cincinnati, but now she wants to leave and start her own agency. Her only problem is that no one quits the I.S.

Marked for death, Rachel will have to fend off fairy assassins and homicidal weres armed with an assortment of nasty curses. She's a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers by exposing the city's most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack is just as deadly as leaving the I.S.

After reading and loving the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning I was determined to find some more Adult Urban Fantasy series to devour. Dead Witch Walking is a book I have had on my kindle for forever and just never got round to reading it. After featuring it on my 'Still Haven't Read...' feature I finally decided to pick it up. Unfortunately I just couldn't get into this one.

I don't know whether it was because I just seem to not get on with witch books but I just couldn't connect with this book at all. The storyline was not gripping me and I was completely bored. In addition to that I was really not interested in the characters whatsoever. I will still be trying some more Adult UF novels but unfortunately this series was just not one of the ones that I will enjoy.