Monday, September 29, 2014

Book quote

“If books could have more, give more, be more, show more, they would still need readers who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can’t be in books.
The book needs you.” 
Gary Paulsen, The Winter Room

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Friday 56 (2)


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.

Here are the rules:

  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
  3. Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
  4. Post it.
  5. Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.
Week number 2 choice:




Alex,” she whispered, swallowing.
  Slowly, so I wouldn’t send her scurrying back up the steps, I approached the bars. I knew the moment she got a good look at my eyes, because she backed up, hitting the bottom step.
  “Don’t go,” I said, gripping the bars. Pale blue light flickered. “Please don’t go.” 







And what's your choice this Friday? 

Kindle FREEBIES on Amazon

1. Everflame by Dylan Peters




2.Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope): A Novella  by Jody Hedlund



3. Finding Pride (Pride Series Romance Novels (Volume 1)) by Jill Sanders



4. The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton



5.  Silence by Natasha Preston


Elixir Review

Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex. 
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for. 

Even if it means making war against the gods.

(source: Goodreads)


4.44/5
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My review

Aidens love for Alex blew me away in this book. I thought I knew that they love each other when I read about them in previous books, but this one. Wow. He loves her even more than he loves himself and his life. He wants to save her so desperately and he'll do everything he can to get his Alex back. 

Alex was really freaky in Elixir, almost like she was possessed by a devil, which she was and Seth was the devil. Seth loves her too in his own way and no one seems to understand that. I'm not defending him, because he has done horrible things, under the influence or not; but he is doing everything Aiden is, just differently. He's trying to pull her back to him, because he needs her, and I don't think he needs her just so he can absorb her power and become the God killer, but he needs her because he wants desperately be a good guy. So Aiden and Seth, when it comes to Alex, aren't that different, well minus the killing innocent people.

I don't know why, but I liked this novella even more than I liked previous books. Maybe it has something to do with being written in Aidens POV. I liked that Jennifer gave us an insight in his mind, because I was always curious what he was thinking most of the time. And she just gave us a reason to love him more, with the love he has for Alex and the passion to save her.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Deity Review

Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden. 

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome. 

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.  


Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...
(source: Goodreads)

4.48/5
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My review

Holy Gods! I'm just going to start with the ending here. It was, well, it was expected really, but it was still mind-blowing. The last scene still managed to surprise me even though I was totally aware that something like that is going to happen. 

What I didn't expect was, that the author would end it like this, with this big cliffhanger. I was sure I have at least 15 pages till end of the book (I was reading on my iPad). And when it came to that scene, and I was really nervous then, and when I turned the page... Nothing. Nada. End of book three. I almost screamed, honest to god.

I read a lot of reviews on this one and they were saying that it is better than first two books. I don't really know, I like each book equally, maybe I like this one less because it had too little of Seth (don't judge, I'm still a Seth girl even after everything) but all in all it was enjoyable. 

I had some issues with Alex. Again. I like her and she changed tremendously, but still... I hate it when characters go full-on Tris in Allegiant mode! I do not want to go through something like that again. I repeat: I do not. I thought I was never going to stop crying then. Anyway, when she started with that, I totally agreed with Aiden that she's crazy. I don't like when characters are willing to kill themselves or be killed by others, because they don't see a way out and they want to protect people around them. I know it's fiction, but it bothers me still. There are a lot of young people reading those kinds of books and they might get the wrong idea about suicide. It's a nasty subject this one, and I don't want people to romanticize it.

I try to avoid spoilers, so this is why my reviews are so short. I try to review the book without actually spoiling things. 


Amazing Cover

Inspire by Cora Carmack



Cora Carmack's New Adult paranormal romance Inspire releasing December 15th.

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

(source: Goodreads)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book quote of the day

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” 

William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

Waiting on Wednesday (4)



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

Title: Nobody's Goddess
Series: The Never Vail #1
Author: Amy McNulty 
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: April 1st 2015

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In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Where the rest of her village celebrates this mystery that binds men and women together, seventeen year old Noll is just done with it. She’s lost all her childhood friends as they’ve paired off, but the worst blow was when her closest companion, Jurij, finds his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever loved her: she is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a Byronic man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him and who has the power to fight the curse. Thus begins a dangerous game between the two: the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled man is willing to lose.

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Yo, yo, YO! Sorry, I needed to get this out. I need this book to read like ASAP! The synopsis sounds amazing and I love it already. 

And what are you waiting on so desperately?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (2)


TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week's theme is top ten books on my fall TBR list.

1. - 4. COVENANT series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I'm currently reading Deity and while I was reading Pure I simply decided I'm going to read the rest of this book series. 

5. THE IMMORTAL CROWN by Richelle Mead
It's the second book in the Age of X series and I have it on my bookshelf for quite a long time. Fall is the perfect time to read it.

6. NOČ V REYKJAVIKU (A Night In Reykjavik) by Brina Svit
A week ago I bought this book in my local book-store. It was written by a well known Slovenian author and she wrote the book in Slovene and also French language.

7. THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
I have this book since forever and I still haven't read it. 

8. BITE CLUB by Rachel Caine
Dear god, this is my favourite series about vampires (right after Vampire Academy of course) and I totally forgot about it! Shame on me.

9. DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon
I just decided I'm going to read this entire series. Yes. 

10. INFINITE by Jodi Meadows
I adore Jodi, she writes so beautifully and her words are magic. 

This is my fall TBR list, I really hope I'm going to have time to read all these now that uni is starting again. 
Did you read any of those books? Tell me what you think about them.

Monday, September 22, 2014

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Stay with me by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Pure Review

  Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


There is need. And then there is Fate. Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's other half is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her. 


When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon--and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude--or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.
                       (source: Goodreads)

                          4.37/5
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My review

I picked this book up, because I was, well bored. I have all those other books to read, but all the mention of Jennifer lately got me curious as to why I started reading this series. I have read Half Blood three years ago and with the short memory I have, I remembered nothing. But there was this gnawing feeling that I found the first book amazing if I gave it 5 stars!

So I just read my review for Half Blood. I don't know really why I gave the book 5 stars (ok, I admit it, it was mainly because of Seth), and the book reminded me of Vampire Academy, so much that I almost stopped reading. Huh... Reading the second book, I had this small voice in my head saying: Haven't you read a book similar to this one? No I know.

But still, it was a great read. Fast paced, pages filled with words that made you want to read even while you're sleeping. 

There were two things I didn't like in the book: first was the love triangle; I forgot that two years ago this was the only thing all the books had in common, and I mean all. Ok not all, but in general almost every second book that got published. I remember how annoyed I was, because it was always the same. But hey, you can't choose how your heart feels right? 

The second thing was Alex's attitude. Remember, I read this book three years ago when I was 17 and still wild and much like Alex. Now I'm 20 and it was really hard not to be annoyed with her and her somewhat idiotic behaviour. I know, I know, being 20 doesn't mean I'm suddenly a serious grown up, because I am not, mind you, but I have grown these past years. So it was really really difficult at first. But then she changed a little, and I liked it. Other than that, Alex is a brave girl and I loved it when she exposed her daimon bites in front of everybody. It's brave to get rid of your insecurities and show the world that the scars you have don't make you weak. 

As I said before, it was a good book, so good that I'm going to read the rest of the series. 


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Release date of Stay With Me

Jennifer L. Armentrout posted this on her facebook:



Not too much longer to wait! Stay With Me releases Tuesday, September 23rd!


You can buy it on:

Book quote of the day

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Release me Review

Release Me (Stark Trilogy #1) by J. Kenner


For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.
He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.
Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.

Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.

But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

                                                                                                                             4.16/5
                                                              (source: Goodreads)     
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My review

I have to say that I really liked the beginning of this story, the end of it not so much. Nikki was very interesting and a feisty girl with a dark past and Damien was this mysterious/ex-tennis player/business guy with an also dark past. Interesting characters, but there were several things that I didn't like.

First the story was like a fan-fiction of 50 shades of Grey with less kinky stuff.
Secondly the author doesn't tell us what actually happened with Nikki's sister, why she killed herself, what happened with the painting, was it finished? Did Nikki get her million dollars for it? Did Nikki decide to push her idea about sticky notes on websites forward? What is so dark about Damien's past? What is with Damien's father and of which secret was Carl talking about at the end of the book?

You can't finish the book without actually telling some things that are mentioned in the book several times, but not actually explained. What is with that?

I was at the last 10 pages and everything was falling apart, but magically at the last 10 pages everything came to normal! And when Damien said Nikki that he would do anything that she asks for, she instead of telling him to fuck her she should have asked him to tell her about his past and one god damn mystery would be solved.

(you need to know that when I read this book I didn't know that it was a trilogy) 



Friday, September 19, 2014

Kindle FREEBIES on Amazon

1.  The Girl in the Box Series, Books 1-3: Alone, Untouched and Soulless

2.  Fresh Doubt (Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thrillers - Book 1)


3. The Tycoon's Make-Believe Fiancée


4.  Reckless (Renegades, Book 1)



5. Angelbound


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Breaking the Rules Cover revealed

Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits #1.5) by Katie McGarry 




Expected publication: December 30th 2014 by Harlequin Teen 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Something to brighten up your day


Waiting on Wednesday (3)


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

This week I am waiting on yet another Untitled book :)



Title: Untitled
Series: Age of X #3
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Fantasy, Adult, Dystopia
Release date: one day in 2015 :)

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There's no cover and no description yet, and I'm still reading the second book in the series, but I'm so very excited about this book.


And what are you waiting on this fine Wednesday?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book quote of the day

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” 

Jane Austen

Top Ten Tuesday (1)


TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's theme is ten authors we'we only read one book from & we need to read more.

1. DIANA GABALDON
I've read the first book in her Outlander series and I am completely hooked. There is no turning back now.

2. ERIN MORGENSTERN
When I read The Night Circus I was in awe. She has a beautiful way with words and I'd really want to read more of her books, but sadly she has written only one.

3. NEAL SHUSTERMAN
His book Unwind gave me chills and I swore to myself I'm going to read this entire series one day.

4. RAINBOW ROWELL
Now that is a gem if there ever was one. Fangirl is a stunning book with an even more stunning cover.

5. SOUAD
She too has only written one book called Burned Alive. It's a story about her and how she came to be the person she is today. I recommend this book to e v e r y b o d y.

6. SHERRY GAMMON
I loved her Unlovable and can't wait to get my hands on the second and third!

7. DEBORAH WRIGHT
I only read Swimming with Dolphins and it was such a good book. 

8. JOHN BOYNE 
He is the author of the book The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas that was turned into a movie. It's a chilling story about WW2 and two boys who find friendship on each side of the fence.

9. AMY PLUM
I've read Die for Me three years ago and I'm still trying to read others in the series.

10. SUZANNE WEYN 
Reincarnation is a beautiful story and I strongly recommend it for your TBR pile.

Tell us if you read a book by one of this authors and if you liked it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

WICKED Cover revealed

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Releases December 8th, 2014
New Adult Paranormal

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Off the subject, but not so off

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 trailer




Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Willow Shields.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.


The Hunger Games – Released March 23, 2012
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Released November 22, 2013
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – In theaters November 21, 2014
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Coming November 2015

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Friday 56 (1)


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.

Here are the rules:

  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
  3. Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
  4. Post it.
  5. Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.
Week number 1 choice:



"I watched in sympathy as he picked up the young man’s arm by wrist and elbow and began forcing it upward. The angle was quite wrong; it must be causing agonizing pain. Sweat poured down the young man’s face, but he made no sound beyond a soft groan. Suddenly he slumped forward, kept from falling on the floor only by the grip of the men holding him."







I just really wanted an excuse to use this cover (source: GR

What's your choice this week?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Foreplay Review

Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs. 

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

(source: Goodreads)

                                                
4.01/5
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My review

I wasn't feeling this book. At all. Everything in it was a little too much. I mean, when I first read the description of the book on Goodreads I though, yeah ok, this must be a really good book

In the beginning I really liked it. The pages went by fast and at the middle of the book I just stopped and asked myself what am I reading? It was too much. How Pepper (I like her name though) reacted every time she saw Reece "the smoking hot bartender" Mulvaney. I mean I get it, you're hot for this guy, but do you have to tell us how he looks and what a great body he has every-single-time you see him? And he was in 1/4 of the scenes in book. In the Goodreads synopsis it says: "Yes, he's beyond gorgeous, but he's also dangerous, deep - with a troubled past." Dangerous though? The only dangerous thing about him, was that Pepper nearly dies every time she sees him. And the encounter with his father was too much too. 

I don't want to write too much bad things about Foreplay, because many people enjoyed it. I did too, at the beginning anyway. It started out as a really good written chic-flick, but then it stopped for me. I feel like the author wanted to put every stereotype about good and bad guys, girls turned into bad girls, college life, an so on.. in the book.  

Maybe I'm wrong and this is a good book, maybe I just read it at the wrong time. But that's up to you. Read it and tell me if I was too harsh with the review :)



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (2)



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

This week's book is:

Title: Untitled
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #3
Author: Susan Ee
Genre: YA, Post Apocalyptic, Fantasy
Release date: May 18th 2015

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As you can see there's no title, synopsis nor cover yet. But that doesn't make me any less excited about it.

I'm a huge fan of the book series, and highly recommend that you read Angelfall and World After.


And what are you excited about this week?