Sunday, March 31, 2013

REVIEW: Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

Title/Series: Unearthly | Unearthly #1
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: January 4th 2011
Format: eBook | Pages: 267
Source: Purchased B&N
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!!

Cynthia Hand | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . 

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

This is actually a reread for me. I read Unearthly sometime last year, I didn't have Hallowed at the time and Boundless wasn't even out yet so I decided to wait until it was before I kept going. I wanted to have a refresher as it's been a while, to make sure I remembered everything before I moved on. But lets face it, I also couldn't wait to read this again. Out of all the things that you could file under the Paranormal/Fantasy/Supernatural categories, angels is my most favorite thing to read about. And I think that so far out of every series about angels that I've read to date Unearthly is my absolute favorite.

I found my self every bit as enchanted with it this read through as I was the first time. I still felt every thing just as strongly as when they happened the first read through, even though I knew and expected things to happen. And that to me, makes for a good book. The setting has me wishing I could drop everything and move to this town in Wyoming. The characters were all loveable and fun to read and the book itself was smooth and engaging from start to finish.

It's the type of book that makes you think. What would you do? If you were there in that moment, and you had to make a choice between following your heart... choosing love, or going with duty and destiny, knowing that you could lose that love forever? A duty that's been drilled into your head, that it's the reason you were put on this earth. I dunno I suppose I'm just a romantic at heart because in the face of it all I'd probably choose love and say screw destiny..I'll make my own! Though I guess it's a little different if you're part angel and the destiny is coming from the Almighty! *Laughs nervously and waves at the ceiling* Okay no lightning strike so I think I'm in the clear.

Anyway I'm super excited to finally be reading the last two books. So if like me you enjoy the YA books of the angelic kind Unearthly is your book. :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

REVIEW: Operative (Ganzfield #5) by Kate Kaynak

Title/Series: Operative | Ganzfield #5
Author: Kate Kaynak
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: March 15th 2012
Format: Paperback | Pages: 231
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Source: Purchased B&N
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!!

Kate Kaynak | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Ganzfield

Maddie and the rest of the team must catch the person selling classified information to terrorists--before they become the targets.

I was lulled into a false sense of security with the ending of Accused (#4). No wait, let me rephrase that. I was prepared for another massacre. Hey I wasn't the only one! Everyone in the book spent a good deal of time prepping and planning for a military attack. It was building up and I was dreading the incoming attack. How many were going to die this time? Would it be any of the people I care about....AGAIN? So many questions. So much anxiety. Thankfully to have the only death being one of a disgusting, horrible person. Which was a good thing. But Kate Kaynak can't just leave you with that warm fuzzy feeling. Nope. The person who killed the baddie was of course left emotionally scarred at taking a life, even if it was a useless one. A life's a life right? And the way that person cracked from the experience had Accused ending in a heartbreaking cliffhanger. Enter Operative...

The opening line of chapter one is two words long. Two. So if you're, for some strange reason, wondering how many words it would take to have me thoroughly book's two. *Sigh* I still have 11 more pages to read as I'm writing this. That's it. What am I waiting for? You know that being lulled into a false sense of security I mentioned at the beginning? I just got hit with a cold hard blast of reality. Well, in a literary sense of course.

Ending this is so bittersweet because Soulmate, the last book according to Kate (Goodreads says there's Solitary a #7 but..who knows), it's not due out until July....and then that's it. I am going to be unbelievably sad to see it go. I know in many cases when a series keeps going on and on people grow irritated with it and wish it would end already. But Ganzfield is so different and so unbelievably well written, the characters are so vast and loveable and funny, there isn't a doubt in my mind that it wouldn't feel that way for me. Six books just doesn't seem enough for this amazing world I've fallen in love with.

So I'll leave you with this, once again, my plea for you to please read this series. If you're a lover of the paranormal, with a splash of romance/love and...a little bit of blood and death...okay sometimes A LOT of it! This series is exactly what you need.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Swoon Thursday #03

Swoon Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound. 
From the book we're currently reading or one we've just finished we're supposed to show you "what made me SWOON. What got my heart pounding, my skin tingling, and my stomach fluttering."

This week's pick is...

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Runes (Runes #1) by Ednah Walters
Expected publication: May 20th 2013

(Sorry got it from NetGalley..I know, I know a swoon that's not even out yet. I'm frickin' evil!)

"I should go back inside," I said weakly, though I didn't make a move to leave. "Eirik's probably looking for me."

"Don't go," he said softly, walking around the Harley. He stood behind me, bringing his intoxicating warmth. "I didn't bring you in here to talk about my work."

"Why then?"

"I wanted us to be alone."

I released a shaky breath. "I saw you earlier."

"It wasn't enough. Call me greedy, but I need more." He ran his knuckles up and down my arm. I shivered. His hands rested on my hips then he lowered his head and pressed his face into my hair. "I didn't expect you when I came here, Freckles. This was supposed to be a routine job, yet now it's much more."

I leaned against him, wanting to ease the pain in his voice even though I didn't know how. "But I'm with Eirik."

"He's not right for you." His voice was low, intense.

"I've known him all my life. He understands me."

"Does he make you tremble with a touch?" He ran his fingers up my bare arm, his touch feather light, yet it lit a fire inside me. I closed my eyes, my entire body trembling. He lifted hair from my neck, lowered his head, and pressed a kiss on my exposed neck. Warmth pulsed through me. "Is he the first person you think about when you wake up in the morning and the last one you think about before you fall asleep?"


Ahhhhh! Do you realize how hard it was to not finish the rest of this scene for you guys? I seriously just deleted about that same amount so I wouldn't put too much out there! And this still feels like a lot...ehh I don't care there's plenty more left in the book! There was one scene I reeeeeeally wanted to put in here but it would in a small way give away some of his...abilities so I opted for this one instead ;) Oh Torin. *Sigh*

So who stole your breath away this week? :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #06

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we share our eagerly anticipated upcoming releases!

My pick this week...

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Frigid - J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
Expected publication: July 30th 2013

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love. 

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have. 

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

Why I'm waiting for it...

I wasn't going to do this book yet and actually had another ready to go and scheduled to post but then I got an email today. See I had signed up to be part of the Sentinel cover reveal but when I opened the email she surprised us with it actually being the cover for Frigid!! Sneaky woman.. But getting my cover reveal post fixed up for today got me all excited about the book so I had to go around and changed some things up a bit. I'm super excited about this book and Kyler. She writes up the most deliciously irresistible guys and he's going to be no exception! :)

COVER REVEAL: Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn

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For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love. 

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have. 

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

Frigid will be available in digital formats on July 30th 2013
Print release of Frigid will be November 5th 2012

About the author:

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J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is a # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

REVIEW: Accused (Ganzfield #4) by Kate Kaynak

Title/Series: Accused | Ganzfield #4
Author: Kate Kaynak
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: August 15th 2011
Format: Paperback | Pages: 251
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Source: Purchased B&N
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!!

Kate Kaynak | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Ganzfield

Someone in the government knows about Ganzfield...and he has special reasons to target Maddie.

Reading the Ganzfield series, is a bit like being in a mentally abusive relationship with someone you can't help but love anyway. And Kate, I do love you, but I'm so emotionally drained after reading these books and I love every freaking minute of it! And each one just keeps getting better and better. With Ms. Kaynak the grand puppet master of it all sitting high on her lofty perch. I swear I have a bit of minder in me because I can hear her now:

"Aww. Cute little readers. All snug and feeling safe and secure. You like that new character I brought in do ya? WELL THINK AGAIN!!" *Character X drops dead* *Evil cackles ensue*

Yeah she really gets you in the feels department. Which has me freaking out because a character Seth who I've always liked pretty well when he's popped up in the past, has now worked his way into my heart and I adore him. So much. And there are still three books left. If he doesn't make it through to the end...*sigh* I don't know what I'll do...Hmmm. Can you unread books? Because I'll take it all back I swear I will! 

The best thing about Accused, though, is that it is the funniest of the series so far. Man can this woman write humorous scenes. I was bursting out laughing. Literally in tears, no joke, at points. You need to read these books just to get to this one for the scenes where Maddie and Trevor get darted alone. That's all I'm saying. I know it doesn't make sense now. You can come back later and thank me. 

And thank goodness I have Operative sitting right here ready to go next. The way this one ended. Ugh. The feels. Now I need to go recover and get a good nights sleep so I can start the abuse all over again tomorrow with the next book. YOU need to go add these books to your piles! All of them: Ganzfield Series

So I opened up Operative to start it and this is what I see:

I told you the ending was ugh! Hahaha ... death threats.. SEE I told you she's funny :)

Top Ten Tuesday #05

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This weeks topic is  

Top Ten Books I Recommend Most

This should be fun! No pressure here right? All series books will count as one choice. Since I can't ever seem to make it brief, this is gonna be a long post. Let's just jump right in!

1. Obsidian | Onyx | Opal | Shadows - Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I am crazy obsessed with the Lux Series by JLA. I've said this so many times but she is like a writing Goddess in my opinion. Haven't read the Lux series yet? GET OFF MY BLOG!! Ha! I'm kidding but seriously if you're into the paranormal and are ready to get your world rocked by the sexiest alien on earth, Daemon Black, these books are frickin fantastic! Though Shadows has less Daemon and more Dawson his twin it still deserves to be on here. Give them a read! You won't regret it. And for when you're're welcome! ;)

 2. Beautiful Disaster | Walking Disaster - Jamie McGuire

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You need a reason? Travis Maddox. That's your reason. If you're a person who can read a book and get past the fact that this incredibly cocky, tattooed, bad boy has a bit of a temper and pounds peoples faces in for a living (no really underground fighter baby rawr!) then Travis is your guy. Some people can't and that's understandable. But I freakin' love these books! *Siiiiiiiiigh* WD is basically the same thing just in Travis' POV. Oh yeah....I need to reread those...soon!

3. Wait For You - J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

J. Lynn is the pen name that Jennifer L. Armentrout writes her N/A an Adult novels of course I find this book nothing short of amazing. You will laugh, you will cry, it will break your heart and it will sew it back together, it will leave you breathless. The characters are very real, with very real problems. Plus there's a tortoise named Raphael. Come on, selling point right there!

4. Being Henry David - Cal Armistead

I can't even begin to tell you how awesome this book is. It's actually the first book I ever requested via NetGalley and lucky for me I got approved for it. But anyway it's about a 17yr old boy who wakes up in Penn Station with no idea who he is, where he is, how he got there, totally blank and all he has with him is a copy of the book Walden by Henry David Thoreau. As he meets people in his journey to find...well quite literally himself, when he's asked who he is the first thing that comes to him is to say his name is Henry David because of the book. Hence the title. Ohhhhh but, truly, I mean I can't even give you a description that would fit how much this book captivated me. I devoured it. Definitely, definitely a must read. Period.

Are you a lover of Dystopian novels? This. Is. Your. Book. I know some people have a hard time with them because they all start to sound the same sometimes but trust me, this isn't like anything I'd ever read before. What would you do if, here in this present time, you die in a car accident.... but then wait, you wake up. And you're in a strange room only, to be told that you've been brought back... though into the year 2282 and you're to be an exhibit in  the People's Past Anthropological Center. Yeah that's right. You're an exhibit in a HUMAN ZOO. I know right?! This is such a good book!!!! I mean if you don't like it, may the People's Past Anthropological Center find you... :P

6. Minder | Adversary | Legacy | Accused | Operative - Kate Kaynak

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Better known as the Ganzfield Series. Named such for the special training facility where people with special abilities, think like telepathy or telekinesis, etc, go to be trained to use their abilities. They've got romance, action, humor oh man do some of these books have some laugh out loud stuff going on, sadness and dramatic events...they're so many things. Okay so OFFICIALLY I haven't read Operative yet and there's one more due in July, Soulmate, which I will make into one of my upcoming Waiting on Wednesdays but I love this series. I'm 30% or so away from finishing Accused at the moment and I swear these books just keep getting better. Here is one of the many reasons why I love Kate and these books. Before you start reading Accused, at least the paperback version not sure how the e-books are, there's a brief recap on what's happened so far in a sort of letter from Kate and my favorite line before she starts the recap is: 

"So Sit back, put up your feet, and get comfy, because we're all going to be here for a while.

Well, maybe not all of us. If you've read the first three books, you know there's no telling when a massacre might occur."

I freakin' love it! Ha! At least she's honest ;)

7. Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

This book isn't going to be for everyone. Though if you ask me I think everyone should give it a try. I should just let the blurb speak for itself:
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
Trust me when I say it deeply affected at least one thirty-something reader as well. This book shook me to my very core. There are just no words. I could read it again and again and I know each time it will affect me exactly the same as it did before. Tears and all.

On a quick side note about this book, it's being made into a movie which I was so excited to hear until I found out that Selena Gomez is playing Hannah. Now I have no problem with her in fact, confession, I used to watch Wizards of Waverly Place all the time. Don't judge me! Ha. It's just that I loved this book so much and I can't feel her as Hanna. But who knows maybe she'll change my mind.

8.  Hopeless - Colleen Hoover

First paragraph of my review: A couple of warnings prepared to fall in love with this book. Second, have some tissues on're going to need them. Third, you really need to be ready because where this book takes you really isn't for the faint of heart. That being said, this book was absolutely fantastic. So emotional.

This book deals with some pretty heavy subject matter but that aside it's not all tragedy and sadness there's a lot of humor and a really great love story. Must. Read.

9. What I Didn't Say - Keary Taylor

Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat. 

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He's been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it's too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.
When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he'll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn't limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she'll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she'll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn't say before, even if he can't actually say it.

Need I say more?

10.   Unbroken (Cedar Cove #1) - Melody Grace

This is a debut NA novel by the lovely Melody Grace. Not only is this book unputdownable (it's a word!) But it's got, who is now one of my top five book boyfriends, Emerson Ray. The characters are all so fun and loveable and real. The story itself is so full of feels. You won't regret it one bit. One book under her belt and Melody has made her way onto my auto buy list. No questions asked.

So if you're still awake and made it through my list congratulations!!! *Throws confetti* Ha, anyway thanks for taking the time to see the picks that inspire me most! :) What made it on your list?

REVIEW: From Ashes by Molly McAdams

Title/Series: From Ashes
Author: Molly McAdams
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published: December 11th 2012
Format: eBook | Pages: 288
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Source: Purchase B&N
★★★★✩ (4.5/5) Stars!

Molly McAdams | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Aside from her dad, who passed away when she was six, Cassidy Jameson has only ever trusted one man: her best friend, Tyler. So of course she follows him to Texas when he leaves for college. She just didn't expect to be so drawn to their new roommate, Gage, a gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl. The only problem? He's Tyler's cousin.

Gage Carson was excited to share an apartment off campus with his cousin. He didn't mind that Tyler was bringing the mysterious friend he'd heard about since they were kids . . . until the most beautiful girl he's ever seen jumps out of his cousin's Jeep. There's something about Cassi that makes Gage want to give her everything. Too bad Tyler has warned him that she's strictly off-limits.

Despite everything keeping them apart, Cassi and Gage dance dangerously close to the touch they've both been craving. But when disaster sends her running into Tyler's arms, Cassi will have to decide whether to face the demons of her past . . . or to burn her chance at a future with Gage.

I'm writing this at different points of finish. I normally really do wait until I'm completely finished reading a book with next to none or no notes taken. Just kind of write what I feel. But this book has me feeling so much that I'm needing to get it out now. There may be a few tiny spoilers but ones that shouldn't ruin the book for you in any way.

I'll start off by saying I was really surprised, baffled even by the sheer number of negative reviews and star ratings at 2 and below on Goodreads. And most of them stated DNF at the start. I really didn't read the reviews because too many people out there love dropping spoilers without properly hiding it or at the very least warning you like I did. So normally I just browse star ratings but still I really wanted to read this book. Sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph, scene after scene, chapter after chapter...I'm still baffled. I'm loving this book. Of course I'm outraged and hate Tyler with a fiery passion and hope that he rots in the deepest darkest spots of hell. But still, what love story doesn't have some dark evil force, *Cough*Tyler*Cough*, working against them. Still I'm loving the book.

It gets near 50% and everything is utter bliss. After facing obstacles we have love and passion, ohhh the passion *sigh*, and I'm thinking wow I read this pretty fast and I look down and realize holy crap there's like 53% left of the book still. Now I'm worried. Page after page I'm waiting for the bomb to drop. For the big explosion that will rock this sweet, tender love completely off it's axis.

So here I am at this very moment. It's 57-60% in. I say this because the bump starts at 57% and slowly starts ticking away at me until it's 60% and I am ready to explode. I really think I see and understand how so many people could throw their hands up and walk away. It's beyond frustrating and I have now gone from really liking and feeling so horrible for Cassidy and the complete crap her life has been until now to complete shock. Right now...I don't get her at all. I don't get her decision making, her motivation, I just--I wish I could be like the people who gave up. I'm that frustrated. But I can't not finish. It's not in my nature. I guess maybe at this point I'm still in it for Gage? I'm pushing myself because I know in my heart he deserves a HEA. So fingers crossed I hope he gets it and...I'm going back in. 

Now at 68% I'm starting to question my sanity for wanting to go on. I think if Gage winds up with Cassidy in the end it's only going to piss me off. He deserves so much better. So much. And everything is just getting ridiculous. There are too many people in this...this.. thing. Tyler and Gage is one thing. But Jesse? Connor? Do you think this is helping me to liking Cassi any better? NO. I don't care how screwed up her life was. At this point the only person she deserves to be with is Tyler. And I think he's a chump. So, yeah, there ya go.

Done reading now and there are two parts of me. One part wants to erase everything I've written so far and start over, while the other half wants to keep things as they are so someone contemplating reading can see the wide range of feelings I had towards the book at different stages and maybe not give up just like me and possibly like it in the end? You never know. I mean I can't believe this either after reading through everything I wrote at the start to the point I'm at now, because at the end of it all I'm happy I finished. I can't even tell you what just clicked in me to change it, all I know is I went from:

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
2.5 out of 5
3.5 out of 5
The End:
4.5 out of 5

(Honestly I would've probably gone 5/5 but I'm taking off half a point for mental anguish :P)

I don't know how the hell it happened either!!! I mean one minute I'm sitting there fuming at all this stuff going on that makes no sense to me and then it's near the end and I'm crying and then I'm just... happy. Molly McAdams is some sort of evil genius! And I look forward to letting her torture me again in the future :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekly Haul #05

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where we get to share books we've received! I can't guarantee I will be able to do one every week, but at least a couple times a month. Happy reading! :)


I know! It's about time right?

Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
Zombies hasn't really been my thing yanno? But, then I discovered the awesomeness that is The Walking Dead. Plus the trailers for this movie looked kinda funny and I make it a rule to always read the book before seeing the movie.

Half-Blood | Pure | Deity - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Like last week with the Lux series I wanted to get my hands on physical copies of these as well, even though I have them on my Nook. JLA is a writing Goddess in my opinion.

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Falling Into You - Jasinda Wilder
This one I saw on a couple of blogs last week and it looked really good. I think I saw a teaser somewhere. Anyway I had to get it :)



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Runes (Runes #1) - Ednah Walters
Expected publication: May 20th 2013

So I think that's it for this week and probably next week unless I find a good freebie or two somewhere. But the week after that I plan on having some really good titles coming in. *Bounces around excitedly* :D

What new goodies did you get this week?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

REVIEW: Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2) by Jamie McGuire

Title/Series: Walking Disaster | Beautiful #2
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Expected Publication: April 16th 2013
Format: eBook | Pages: 448
Genre: YA/NA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Source: NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!

Jamie McGuire | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter 

How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

An entire book...inside the head of Travis Maddox? Please excuse my uncontrollable squeals of delight!!!

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And then I started reading the freaking prologue people...Just the prologue!!!

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Sigh... this is going to be a long book. Do I have enough tissues?

Before I say anything else I want to give some love and appreciation to the cover. I think it's absolutely breathtaking. The vivid colors, and even though it's just a shoulder and a tat and still it's Truly one of my favorite book covers of all time.

In some ways I thought that maybe this book would be easier to read. I mean it's just a different view point of Beautiful Disaster right? So I know everything that's coming. Well, okay, actually I know most of what's coming. Besides it's Travis so, pure heaven right?

In many ways though this is also what makes it the hardest one to read. And all those things that tore me apart based on Abby's interpretation of what was happening from her POV are now magnified by a million. Because now I have every agonizing detail and emotion from Travis himself and as if I wasn't shattered enough already, having just finished Beautiful Disaster before picking this one up and reading it, I am now even more broken than when I started. I honestly don't think I cried this much in the other one. (Still.. Worth. Every. Second.)

But it wasn't just tears and heartache. I was very excited hoping to have more of the Maddox clan in this one; Jim, Trent, Taylor, Tyler and Thomas. I think the rest of the Maddox brothers should each get their own book. They were so funny and I love the family dynamic they have. And luckily we got to see a tiny bit more of that in this book.

Plus we get to see all of his high points. Experience his absolute joy and experience the adoration he feels for his Pigeon. It just made me even more so wish for every one of us at some point in our lives, to have someone have just as much faith, love and devotion as Travis does in Abby.

This was just as good as book one, even a bit more so and I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy once it's out there! If you liked book one and are a "Mad Dog" fan you're gonna love this book. And if you haven't read either...Why are you still here reading this?? Go now!