Saturday, November 29, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #21


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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.


These were on sale for around $5 each so I couldn't resist!

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and The Burning Sky with Ripple
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

I also got my first Edelweiss approval this week!! I'm excited!

Rebound cover
Rebound by Noelle August

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Feature & Follow #20: Favourite Character Death


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Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where each host will have their own Feature blog to show off more new blogs!


I picked the one death that immediately popped into my head after I read the topic. Honestly, this was the only one I could come up with.

City of Heavenly Fire cover
 
Mega spoilers if you haven't read City of Heavenly Fire, the last book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Highlight at your own risk! I pick Sebastian aka Jonathan. I'm pretty sure this was THE death everyone looked forward to. I know I was looking forward to seeing how it would all play out. It was more than satisfying if not a little sad :(
 
What was your favourite character death and thanks for visiting! Please just comment with the book name so other people don't get spoiled.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Review: Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan


Tease cover
Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2)
by Sophie Jordan
May 27, 2014
320 pages


Goodreads Summary:
What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who's too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She's always chosen her hookups carefully, and she's never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.
Never fall in love.
Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he's immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn't even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she's throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she's the one panting for a guy she can't control—a guy who won't settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she's never imagined, including facing a past she thought she'd buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . . .

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WoW #21: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


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The Darkest Part of the Forest coverThe Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black
January 13, 2015
336 pages

 
Goodreads Summary:
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
  
I very much adore her last book, The Coldest Girl by Coldtown so I'm super happy to get another one from her! Bonus that they're all standalones so no more waiting afterwards ;)

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TTT #18: Books on My Winter TBR


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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish where people share their top ten things according to the topic of that week.


I'm a bit of a mood reader so I don't really plan ahead on what to read unless I committed myself to reviewing them. I could only really come up with six but the books below are ones that I've been dying to read but haven't gotten a chance to yet. I hope I can get through them this winter :D

Mortal Heart coverThese Broken Stars coverHeir of Fire cover
Falling Kingdoms coverSplintered coverWorld After cover
 
1. Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers
2. These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
3. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
4. Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
5. Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard

6. World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

Which books are on your winter TBR?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: The Body Electric by Beth Revis


The Body Electric cover
The Body Electric
by Beth Revis
October 6, 2014
482 pages


Goodreads Summary:
The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…

Someone’s altered her memory.

Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

So who can she trust?
 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #20


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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.
 
 
I won a copy of one of my most anticipated books of this year from Tynga @ Tynga's Reviews. Thank youuuu!! It's so beautiful~

Mortal Heart with Ripple
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

I got this one when it was on sale :D

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
 
What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Feature & Follow #19: Searching for My Perfect Co-blogger


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Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where each host will have their own Feature blog to show off more new blogs!


I already have a co-blogger and here he is! He's great at modeling books even though he tends to slack off a lot :P
Ripple

For a list of qualities hmm, I'm really not very good at this but here are a few things:
1. Have to love reading!
Ripple reading

2. Be organized and responsible.
Ripple slacking off
Oops wrong picture.
Ripple blogging
There, that's better :D

3. Last but not least, have fun doing it!
Ripple playing
 
This is kind of my shameless post to post pictures of my cat :P
 
What qualities do you look for in a co-blogger and thank you for stopping by!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Release Day Launch - Excerpt, Review & Giveaway: The Hazards of Mistletoe (Hazards #4) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

 
The Hazards of Mistletoe coverThe Hazards of Mistletoe (Hazards #4)
by Alyssa Rose Ivy
November 20, 2014
149 pages
 
 
Goodreads Summary:
One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.

Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.
 
Excerpt

“Ice skating and hot cocoa? What are you buttering me up for?” I sat down on the bench and unlaced my skates. The snow was falling a little bit heavier, but the flakes were still light and more pleasant than a nuisance.
 
“I’m just enjoying an evening with a beautiful woman. I do have a romantic side you know.”
 
“Romantic?” What was Glen playing at? I’d had a crush on him for years, but things had stayed completely platonic. We were good friends who saw each other once a year, and teased each other through text messages and late night phone calls. That was it.
 
He didn’t hear me. He was already in line to return our skates. I waited for him to return with my boots, and not for the first time I was glad I’d worn wool socks. It was cold during the day, but the nights were absolutely freezing.
 
“Here you go, my lady.” He bent down and proceeded to put my foot into my boot.
 
I pulled away from him. “Knock it off. What’s gotten into you tonight?” As charming as Glen was being something seemed off with him. I wondered if maybe I wasn’t the only one who was upset.
 
He proceeded to move on to my next boot. “It’s Christmas Eve. Aren’t you Miss Holiday Spirit?”
 
“Usually.”
 
“Exactly.” He put on his shoes and tugged on my hand to pull me to standing. “Let’s get those hot chocolates.”
 
The line at the café on the other side of the rink was nearly out the door, but I was enjoying Glen’s company so much I didn’t mind.
 
He insisted on buying my hot cocoa for me, and considering he’d already paid for my skate rental, I was starting to feel uncomfortable. Glen had all the money he could ever need, but I wasn’t used to guys buying me anything. My dating experience wasn’t extensive, and it involved boys who were all about going dutch. “I really don’t mind paying.”
 
“Yeah, but I want to pay. Stop arguing and enjoy yourself.” He lightly bumped his shoulder into mine.
 
“Well, thanks.”
 
We walked around the village sipping our hot chocolate and not saying much. After a while we took a seat on a bench. It was underneath a tree, and the pine needles blocked some of the falling snow. I closed my eyes and listened to the chatter of people walking by mixed with the low hum of holiday music.
 
“You guys need to kiss.”
 
I opened my eyes and saw a girl staring at us. “You’re sitting under mistletoe. That’s the rules. You’re under mistletoe, you kiss.”
 
I looked up. Sure enough there was mistletoe hanging over us from the tree. It wasn’t real, it was just the decorative stuff they used, but it had the same unmistakable appearance.
 
Glen put an arm around me. “I think she’s right, Savy.”
 
I turned to glare at him. “Don’t even start.”
 
“Why not? Scared to kiss me?” he teased.
 
Yes. I was scared. Terrified. This was Glen. Kissing him wasn’t something I was prepared to do casually while sitting on a bench in the snow with a bunch of onlookers. Of course I couldn’t tell him that though. “Why would I be scared?”
 
“I don’t know. Just checking.” He got a twinkle in his eye. That twinkle should have given me all the warning I needed, but it didn’t. I was wholly unprepared when his lips made contact with mine. They were warm and soft, and they moved perfectly against mine. I kissed him back, desperately wanting to know what his mouth tasted like, and if his tongue felt half as good as his lips.

 
Review

A short and sweet holiday romance! The story was light, the characters fair and the setting was perfect. This book definitely puts you in the holiday spirit!

Savannah aka Savy and Glen are really good friends who see each other every Christmas because their families are good friends. One night they kiss under a mistletoe and it stirs up their hidden feelings for each other. Things start to get hot and heavy but Glen makes a mistake. Well, he thinks he's doing the right thing but not really. As a result, Savy runs and they have no contact until the next Christmas. Of course by then tension and awkwardness run high and stuff happens.

There was no denying they wanted each other. They knew each other too well! I feel like Glen's mistake was a stupid but genuine one. He sees that he has hurt Savy and in the most sincere way asks for her forgiveness. The things he does for her were too cute and it's so great she was willing to hear him out. No big
fuss.

I like how straightforward things were in this novella. It may have gotten a little bit cheesy but everything was honest. I enjoyed seeing how these new characters connect with the characters of the other Hazard books. Now I'm going to get myself a cup of hot chocolate and put on a Christmas movie while I wait for Jade's story next!


3.5 Cats

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way.
 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WoW #20: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer


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Fairest coverFairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
by Marissa Meyer
January 27, 2015
256 pages

 
Goodreads Summary:
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
  
Every book in The Lunar Chronicles has a gorgeous cover and this one was no exception! Please let the stories continue~ 

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TTT #17: Sequels I Can't Wait to Get


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There are just too many but here, in no particular order, are the ten that have been in the back of my mind lately. Some of them don't even have covers yet!

The Heart of Betrayal coverDeath Marked coverMiss Mayhem cover
 Gathering Darkness coverThe Ruby Circle cover
Forever Summer coverEnd of Days cover
Hidden Huntress coverQueen of Tomorrow coverP.S. I Still Love You cover
 
9. Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire #2) by Sherry D. Ficklin
10. P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han

What sequels can you not wait for?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1) Jenny Han

 
To All the Boys I've Loved Before coverTo All the Boys I've Loved Before 
(To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)
by Jenny Han
April 15, 2014
355 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them... all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #19


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I'm excited to start reading these two series! Two are again from my brother for my birthday and the two third books in each trilogy I got when they were on sale. If you live in Canada, Indigo Online has a really great Top 50 at 50% off section. A lot of YA new release books make it onto that list the first week they're released so keep your eyes peeled for that :D


Never Fade & In the Afterlight with Ripple
Never Fade & In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer & The Retribution of Mara Dyer with Ripple
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer & The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I also received an e-ARC of this novella for review. I'm pretty excited!

The Hazards of Mistletoe
The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Feature & Follow #18: Create a Playlist or Choose a Single Song for a Book


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Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where each host will have their own Feature blog to show off more new blogs!


I am really not good at doing things like creating playlists for books :( The first answer that popped into my mind when I read the topic was Birdy's Not About Angels for The Fault in Our Stars. Yes this song is in the original soundtrack for TFiOS but I just can't help but want to pick it. I just find it so fitting and everytime I hear it, it reminds me of Hazel and Gus and their infinity~

 
What playlist or song did you choose and thank you for visiting!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits #1.5) by Katie McGarry


Breaking the Rules cover  Breaking the Rules
(Pushing the Limits #1.5)
by Katie McGarry
December 8, 2014
304 pages
 

Goodreads Summary:
A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry.

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who's never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything except the one thing Echo's just not ready for.

But when the reason behind Echo's constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants even as foster kid Noah's search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn seriously epic.

 
Excerpts

From Echo’s Point of View
I smile, amazed by the roses, by his faith in me and by the fact that he’s absolutely fantastic.
“Thanks.”
Noah gently pulls one of the curls. “Damn, baby, don’t look at me like that.”
“Like what?”
“Like you want me to kiss you.”
But I do want him to kiss me. Instead, I shove at his wall of a chest, and he winks at me before he grabs the keys to the car and walks out the door. The air conditioner kicks off, and I lean against the headboard, staring at Noah’s roses on the bedside table. I pick one up, inhale the sweet scent and wonder, when it comes to it, why I’m waiting.

From Noah’s Point of View
“Me and you,” I whisper, hoping my words will sink into her subconscious, beyond where she overthinks. “It’s how it’s supposed to be.”
Echo’s hand glides over mine, and she links our fingers together. “You like disturbing my sleep, don’t you?”
I kiss her shoulder, permitting my lips to linger on her soft skin. Guess I did wake her. “Just keeping things straight between us.”
“In my sleep?” Damn, I love that groggy voice.
“You argue less that way.”
 
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