Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (30): Flawed

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is

(Perfection, #2)
by JL Spelbring
Releases |August 12th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press|
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In a world where Hitler won the The War, and perfection is constantly sought, Ellyssa has broken free from her austere life and has found another meaning for her existence.
Family, friendship, and love.
But her happiness is short lived. Ellyssa finds herself on the run, again. Her father's work didn't die with him, but lives on in her siblings, Aalexis and Xaver, and they are determined to complete his unfinished dream.
Why I'm Waiting...
I remember reading book one last year and I ended up enjoying it. So I'm curious to read the sequel to see what happens next. I think the concept of this book is an interesting one. 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Thrive by Krista and Becca Ritchie

(Addicted, #2.5)
by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Released |July 18th 2014 by K.B. Ritchie|
Edition |Ebook|

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Two years will change them forever.
When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her boyfriend’s rock climbing brother—Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?
Their lives are filmed, watched, and criticized. And through it all, Lily and Loren have to face enemies they never thought they’d see, demons they don’t know if they should bury, and setbacks they didn’t think they’d meet. Not this soon.
And one rumor could be too much for them to handle. It will test their greatest limitations, and if they don’t hold onto each other, someone is going to drown.
A full-length New Adult Romance that bridges the gap between the second and third books. Thrive must be read before Addicted After All if you have not read the Calloway Sisters spin-off series
Thrive, Thrive, Thrive was awesome! At first I was a little thrown off by it. If you've read the spin off books (which I seriously recommend doing if you've started the series) then you're back tracking two years (Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flowers)and starting up again from there. Once I got into it though, it flowed even though it back tracks. You're now getting things and situations from Lily and Lo's POVs and you're not reading the same scenes over again. You do get a couple of repeat scenes, but trust me, they're just as amazing as before. I don't know if all that made sense, but let me just say read this book if you've not read the spin off series and read this if you HAVE read the spin off series as well. It's definitely a must.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Book Hauling It Up (103)

Hey everyone,
I hope you all have had an awesome week. I finally got some reading done :) I finished a book and started another and I'm also listening to an audio book. So yay for that! I felt like I haven't read in forever. I'd say that has been a good week for me.

For Review

I'm really curious about Illusive and I liked the first two books in the Kate Brian series and I really want to know how things turn out in this one. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Relinquish by Amy Thompson

(Lost Souls, #2)
by Amy Thompson
Released |June 17th 2014|
Edition |eARC|
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Regan has a life in Georgia. She is going to school, has managed to make some friends, and has even found a new love interest in Colter. So what happens when she can’t hide what she is anymore? When do all the lies become too much to handle? And how much longer can she hold onto her sanity—while Agro pushes her closer and closer to the edge of no return—her ascension to Elite?
Colter is beautifully oblivious. Wanting so much to believe that Regan is safe, and Agro has been halted, he ignores Finn’s constant skepticism at the risk of their friendship. Overlooking what is so clearly right in front of him, Colter passes off Regan’s outbursts of emotion on her recent trauma. Colter can feel Regan—his one exception to his retribution—slipping out of his arms, but fighting her to stay with him may not be an option.
Colter and Finn are now at odds, and there is a newly formed alliance between Kaiden and Exile Max. Will this group of Collectors be enough to fight off the new enemies and old threats that emerge in the battle for souls when Regan is broken, and their group is on the brink of self-destruction?
The lost will be found, the Collectors will be exiled, and the Elites will reign
Contains a little bit of spoilers
Relinquish was a DNF for me. I received this for review and feel bad that I have to write this review, but I have to give my honest opinion. I read book one not to long ago and I thought it was okay. I was hoping that Relinquish would be better than the first and in the beginning it seemed like it would be. As I continued reading, things just started to go downhill. I tried so hard to push through this book because the plot is actually pretty interesting and I like finding out more about the things that go on in the story. I feel like this series had good potential to be a good one, but my dislike for the main character completely turned me off from the series. The plot of the story is pretty good and all the characters are enjoyable except the main character Regan. She literally made me want to scream. The main character wasn't my favorite in book one and in book two she was absolutely the worst. I made it to 54% and that's when I had to call it quits and stop forcing myself.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (29): Cipher

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is

(The Shadow Ravens, #1)
by Aileen Erin
Releases |October 14th 2014 by Ink Monster, LLC|
In the not-too-distant future, the color of your helix tattoo shows exactly how your DNA was modified—green for super-smart scientists, black for pumped-up warriors, white for the immortal Seligo—but Cipher’s red helix is a death sentence. It’s a sign of unstable DNA, which is probably the reason she can manipulate electricity.
When she was eight years old, Cipher made the mistake of showing her uncle the tattoo. In return, he killed her parents and tried to kidnap her.
She’s been on the run ever since, and twelve long years later, Cipher is tired of hiding. Survival isn’t enough anymore. She wants her life back.
Hacking into the Citadel mainframe is a huge risk, but it pays off when she finds a database on red helixes. Before she can copy it, she loses control of her power, charring her last processor, and the only person in the Arizona Voids that can get her back online is her oldest friend, Knightly. She hasn’t seen him in person since she started running, and Knightly 2.0 is fully upgraded with a six-pack and knee-melting smile.
For a girl like Cipher, trust doesn’t come easily, but Knightly makes her yearn for a life she knows she can’t have, especially when every secret she reveals endangers them both.
Why I'm Waiting...
This one sounds pretty interesting and I've only recently stumbled across it. I'm curious to see what it is about. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Dare by Hannah Jayne

The Dare 
by Hannah Jayne
Released |July 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire|
Edition |eARC|
Source |Netgalley|
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Two jumped off the pier that night...but only one came back alive
Bryn did everything with her best friend Erica. So when someone dared Erica to jump off the pier one night at Harding Beach, Bryn was right by her side. But when Bryn made it back to the surface, Erica was nowhere to be found. Bryn tries to make a fresh start by burying her memories of that awful night. But when a Twitter post from "EricaNShaw" pops up on her feed and a chilling voice mail appears on her phone, she realizes that someone isn't ready to let go of the past..
This was, unfortunately, a book that I had to DNF. I was not able to connect to the story or the characters in any way and it was very forgettable. The story line is what made me want to pick up the book and had me intrigued because I love a good mystery, but I just couldn't get into this one. The beginning was okay, but as the book continued I felt as if the story was all over the place and  becoming repetitive. I was also confused at times which made things worse for me because I felt that some things were moving too quickly and not being explained good enough and the characters just fell flat for me and I was not able to connect. I wanted to like this book and push through it, but once I sat it down I never found the interest to pick it back up.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Hauling It Up (102)

Hey everyone,
I hope you have had a wonderful week. I've been suffering from a reading slump once again, but it's been going on for about a month in a half now. I'm trying to get back into reading books, but it's been extremely hard this time around. Hopefully I figure it out.

I read Requiem awhile ago, but never bought the paperback until now.
I can't wait to read Thrive. I'm hoping this will be the one to help me through my slump since I love the series.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (28): blue Lily, Lily Blue

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
(the Raven Cycle, #3)

by Maggie Stiefvater
Releases |October 28th 2014 by Scholastic Press|

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 Why I'm Waiting...
I've been enjoying this series and I'm curious to see what happens next to the characters in this book. The last book was pretty interesting so I'm definitely curious!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Book Hauling It Up (101)

Hey everyone,
I hope everyone has had a great week. Last Thurs-Sun I was out of town for the holiday visiting family and things were pretty good. I saw a lot of family members I hadn't seen in awhile and got to catch up with them. I didn't buy any books myself, but I did get one as a gift and for review.

For Review
I read the first book and enjoyed it and I'm curious to see what happens with the new characters.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blog Tour: Bad Blood by Nikki Jefford - Review

Bad Blood
(Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, #3)
by Nikki Jefford
Released |June 2nd 2014|
Genres |Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult|
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Aurora returns from boot camp to a new assignment, an unwelcome roommate, and the increasingly amorous attentions of a certain vampire hunter.
College is starting, and so is Aurora’s undercover work at a network of swanky parties known as “Tastings” for high rolling vampires who like their blood laced with fine wine. But Aurora’s not the only one on the prowl. An underground investigation is under way to find out who killed one of Anchorage’s most prominent vampires… and Aurora is a prime suspect.
I've been really excited to read Bad Blood ever since I finished Northern Bites. Bad Blood is the third installment in the Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter series and it did not disappoint. The one thing I love about this series is that it is fast paced and exciting. This was a very quick read for me and was disappointed when I reached the last page of the book because I wanted more. I wish the book was thicker so I could be with the characters for just a little bit longer. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and excitement as things started to unravel.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (27): Soulprint

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is

by Megan Miranda
Releases |February 3rd 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens|
Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.
Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.
Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.
Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.
Why I'm Waiting...
This sounds like a pretty interesting read and I only just found out about it. I'm curious to see what it's all about because I like the concept of it :)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Retribution by Amy Thompson

(Lost Souls, #1)
by Amy Thompson 
Released |June 18th 2013 by Thompson Publishing|
Edition |Earc|

Source |Netgalley|
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Regan Edison has just moved from California, to enter her first year at Georgia Liberty College, the place where jacked up Chevy trucks and hunting are a way of life. Regan hopes to start a new life for herself and she thinks that Georgia is just the place to do it. That is until she meets an unexpected stranger.
Colter Hayes is a member of the Collectors, a group of wrongfully punished lost souls. Colter and the rest of his team, Finn, Kaiden and Devon, work for the Requiem Council who pass judgment on those souls that are neither tagged for Heaven nor Hell. The Council has charged the Collectors with finding the lost in exchange for a chance at redemption.
When an ex-councilmember known to pass Retribution on lost souls sets his sights on Regan, the Requiem Council dispatches the Collectors to Georgia to work as protectors for Regan. The Collectors must fight to save Regan from a fate they know all too well, but can they work to earn back their chance at redemption or are their fates sealed forever?
Who is meant for Heaven?
Who is meant for Hell?
And who is just lost?
I have an inner struggle with Retribution because I enjoyed the overall point of the story, but there were some aspects that I didn't enjoy as well. I struggled with rating this book, but I finally settle upon three stars because I do want to give the sequel a try. The main character Regan is a freshman in college and decided to go to a school across the country, from California to Georgia. She's barely gotten the chance to settle in before things start getting crazy for her. When it comes to Retribution I thought the book did have some great action packed scenes, but I do feel as though some of the things in the story was not touched on enough. Retribution does switch povs, but the main pov is with Regan.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (26): Captive

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is

(Blackcoat Rellion, #2)
by Aimee Carter
Releases |November 25th 2014 by Harlequin Teen|
For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.
But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.
As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?
Why I'm Waiting...
I'm still torn on whether or not I want to read this one. I didn't enjoy the first book all that much to be honest, but it still left me a little bit curious. I've been going back and forth and I still don't know. Sometimes sequels can be better, but then again...

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