Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #267: Flower by Shea Olsen and Elizabeth Craft

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

By: Shea Olsen and Elizabeth Craft
Release Date: January 3, 2017

These are the things that I've always wanted: To get the top grades in my class. To make my grandmother proud. And most of all, proof that I could succeed where the rest of my family had not: a Stanford acceptance letter, early admission. My mother and my sister were obsessed with boys and love and sex. So obsessed that they lost sight of their futures, of what they wanted. And in the end, they lost everything. I'll never let a boy distract me. I promised my grandmother that. But that was before Tate. Before the biggest pop star on the planet took an interest in meBefore private planes and secret dates and lyrics meant for me alone. There's so much I don't know. Like why he left music. Where he goes when we're not together. What dark past he's hiding. But when we kiss, the future feels far away. And now…I'm not sure what I want (Goodreads) 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This Is My Brain On Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

This Is My Brain On Boys
By: Sarah Strohmeyer
Released: May 10, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon

Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love. Not for herself, anyway. With one year left of high school, she’s more interested in snagging a full scholarship to Harvard than a full-time boyfriend. That doesn’t mean she’s oblivious to the ways of the heart. Or, rather, the head. Because after months of research, Addie has discovered how to make anyone fall in love. All you need is the secret formula. But will her discovery be enough to win the coveted Athenian Award and all its perks? (See above, full scholarship to Harvard.) Or will she be undone by Dexter, her backstabbing lab partner, who is determined to deep-six her experiments at their exclusive private school? Those are the least of her problems now that she’s survived a death-defying flight with a mysterious, dark-haired boy, who has delicious chocolate-brown eyes and a few secrets of his own. With an experiment to mastermind, an infatuated exchange student on her hands, and at least one great white shark (more on that later), can Addie’s prefrontal cortex outwit her heart? Or will she have to give in to her amygdala and find out, once and for all, if this thing called love is more than just her brain on drugs? (Goodreads)
I liked This Is My Brain On Boys. I've read several of Strohmeyer's books and while this one wasn't my favorite, I still enjoyed reading it. 

This Is My Brain on Boys is the story of Addie who believes she has the right formula to make anyone fall in love. She wants to use her research to win the Athenian Award and a scholarship to Harvard.    
Addie was an interesting and fairly well developed character. She gets straight to the point and prefers facts and science. She is certainly very focused and I admired that about her. Addie is awkward too though and sometimes needs help when it comes to interacting with other people. After the first few pages, I quickly became invested in learning more about her. I would have really liked to read more about her relationship with her family and more about her friendship with Tess though.

There were several side characters that were interesting. However, I would have liked to see them developed more. Kris and Tess were both really important to the story, but I wanted to see the development of their characters pushed further. The few things that I did learn about both characters made me want to know them more. I especially felt that way regarding Kris because I didn't always understand why he made the choices that he made. Other than Kris and Tess though, I kept mixing up all of the other characters names. 

The plot was paced fairly well. There was a lot of drama and a bit of humor. I genuinely enjoyed the whole science and experiment aspect of the story. The first chapter immediately hooked me in, but then I felt like there were times when it slowed down in the middle. I found myself getting bored quite often and that certain scenes were dragging on for too long. The last quarter of the book did pick up the pace though and included an unexpected twist. I really liked the twist a lot, but it confused me a bit too. 

Overall, I liked This Is My Brain On Boys. If you're looking for a contemporary book that is heavy on science, then I definitely recommend picking this one up.  

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Torn (A Wicked Saga #2)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: July 19, 2016
Source: E-ARC from InkSlinger PR
Purchase the Book: Amazon

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same. Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her. Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him? But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself. (Goodreads)

I loved Torn and I just couldn't put this book down! I've been anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel to Wicked for a while and it was definitely worth the wait.

Torn picks up right where Wicked left off. Ivy is still recovering after almost being killed and now she has learned a secret that the Order can never know.

Ivy continues to develop and grow in Torn. She went through a lot in Wicked and was betrayed by someone she thought she could always rely on. She stays determined though and doesn't back down, which is something that I admire about Ivy. She faces many new obstacles in this book and she realistically struggles with what choices to make.

I absolutely love the side characters in this series as well. I loved seeing Ren and Tink once again and seeing them both develop more. I especially thought that Tink was developed much more in this book and I loved learning more about him. Then there is the relationship between Ivy and Ren. I love the balance between them and seeing their relationship grow.

The plot was paced well and I found it so difficult to put this book down for long. I loved jumping back into this world that Armentrout created and the setting in New Orleans. Torn was packed with drama, romance, action, and surprising twists. This book definitely kept me guessing and there were times that I really didn't know what would happen next. The humor that I love and have come to expect in Armentrout's books was present throughout. I was literally laughing out loud at times, especially during some particular moments with Tink. The humor helped balance out some of the more darker moments that were taking place though.  

Overall I loved Torn and I can't wait for the next book! If you're a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout's previous books or if you're looking for an exciting New Adult story, then I highly recommend picking up this series. You won't want to put it down.    

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