Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #277: Letters to the Lost

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

Letters to the Lost
By: Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: April 4, 2017

Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world famous photojournalist--even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. When Declan finds a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist the urge to write back. Soon, he is sharing his pain with a perfect stranger. When real life interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart (Goodreads)  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #276: The Last Magician

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

The Last Magician 
By: Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: April 25, 2017

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future. In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives. Tessa is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Tessa can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Tessa’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1901 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future. But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Tessa to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past. (Goodreads)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #275: After the Fall

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

After the Fall
By: Kate Hart
Release Date: January 24, 2017

Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt…and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing. But Raychel doesn't want to be his girl anyway. She just needs his support as she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach. Matt tries to help, but he doesn’t really get it… and he’d never understand why she’s fallen into a secret relationship with his brother. The friendships are a precarious balance, and when tragedy strikes, everything falls apart. Raychel has to decide which pieces she can pick up – and which ones are worth putting back together. (Goodreads)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
By: Sarah J. Maas
Released: September 6, 2016
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down? (Goodreads)

I loved Empire of Storms and jumping back into this world once again. It's definitely going to take me some time to recover from this book.

Aelin has developed so much throughout this series and continued to do so in Empire of Storms. In some ways she is so different from the girl we first met in Throne of Glass, but in other ways she is still the same too. I admire Aelin for her loyalty, strength, and dedication to protecting the ones she cares about. She still makes mistakes though and it just makes me love this complex character even more. 

One of the many things I love most about this series is all of the other characters and how each one stands out in their own way. There are so many well developed side characters that I've loved seeing develop even further throughout this series. Lysandra has easily become one of my favorite characters though and I've loved her personal story arc. I was rooting for her so much while reading this book.

The first page of Empire of Storms immediately hooked me in and it was so difficult to put this book down. There was a great balance of drama, action, and romance. The action scenes especially stood out to me though. Then there were also so many twists throughout the story that I didn't expect at all. This book certainly sent me through waves of emotions and had me laughing out loud, crying, gasping, and cheering.

I also loved that the chapters alternated between different characters once again because it truly did help bring the overall story all together. I love the way that Maas has developed this plot over the course of this entire series and how well she has connected each book to one another. Her writing is so complex and gorgeous. Once again there were so many quotes I found myself writing down while reading.

Overall, I loved Empire of Storms! It was another epic addition to this series and I will be counting down the days until the final book is released.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Quick Reviews: New Adult

Quick Reviews: New Adult

The Deal 
By Elle Kennedy 
Released: February 24, 2015
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

She's about to make a deal with the college bad boy... Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she's carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush's attention, she'll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice...even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date. ...and it's going to be oh so good. All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he's worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he's all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him. (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed The Deal a lot! It was a cute and realistic story that I didn't want to put down

Hannah and Garrett were both well developed characters and I loved getting to know each of them. Kennedy did a great job with telling the story from both of their point of views. I also loved the relationship that develops between them. The romance between Hannah and Garrett was so sweet and the chemistry was strong.

The plot was paced well and it was difficult to put this book down for long. The Deal was filled with a lot of really cute moments, but it also dealt with some very serious issues as well. I especially loved that this story took it's time developing and it gave the reader the chance to really get to know these characters though. I also loved the role that both hockey and music played in the story too.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Deal a lot! If you love New Adult books, then I would definitely recommend picking this one up. 

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Come Back to Me 
By Mila Gray 
Released: December 8, 2015
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

When a Marine Chaplain knocks on her door, Jessa’s heart breaks—someone she loves is dead. Killed in action, but is it Riley or Kit? Her brother or her boyfriend… Three months earlier, Marine Kit Ryan finds himself back home on leave and dangerously drawn to his best friend Riley’s sister, Jessa—the one girl he can’t have. Exhausted from fighting his feelings, Kit finally gives in, and Jessa isn’t strong enough to resist diving headfirst into a passionate relationship. But what was just supposed to be a summer romance develops into something far greater than either of them expected. Jessa’s finally found the man of her dreams and Kit’s finally discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for. When it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither one is ready to say goodbye. Jessa vows to wait for him and Kit promises to come home to her. No matter what. But as Jessa stands waiting for the Marine Chaplain to break her heart, she can’t help but feel that Kit has broken his promise… Riley or Kit? Kit or Riley? Her brother or her boyfriend? Who’s coming home to her? (Goodreads)

I liked Come Back to Me. It was an emotional story that I couldn't stop thinking about for days.

Jessa and Kit were both well developed characters. I especially loved watching Jessa grow and become more confident in herself as the story progressed. The relationship that develops between them is sweet and the chemistry was clear on almost every page.

The plot was paced fairly well. I felt like at times it moved a bit too fast though and made certain moments feel too rushed. However, it always held my attention and I finished this book within one day because it was so difficult to put down.  

Overall, I liked Come Back to Me. If you're looking for a book that will probably make you cry, then I definitely recommend this one. 

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Paper Princess
By: Erin Watt
Released: April 4, 2016
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself. These Royals will ruin you… Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from. Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals. He might be right. Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. (Goodreads)

I liked Paper Princess and found that it was difficult to put this book down. 

There were so many interesting characters and I really liked getting to know each of them. Almost all of them are unlikable, but I personally love unlikable characters. I really liked Ella a lot though because she can take care of herself. However, I still have so many questions about Ella and the Royals, so I definitely can't wait to read the next book in this series.

The plot was paced fairly well, but I felt like there were some moments where things were moving too quickly. It made certain relationships suddenly feel rushed. This book was definitely packed with a ton of drama though and I was completely wrapped up in all of it.

Overall, I liked Paper Princess. If you're looking for something different, I would recommend picking this one up. 
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Broken Prince (The Royals #2)
By: Erin Watt
Released: July 25, 2016
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

These Royals will ruin you… From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself. Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life. What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him. Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other. She might be right. Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy. (Goodreads) 

I liked Broken Prince and thought it was a good follow up to Paper Princess. After finishing Paper Princess, I had to pick up Broken Prince immediately. 

I really liked getting to know Ella and the Royals more in this book. I especially liked that Broken Prince alternated between Ella and Reed's point of views. I felt like it helped move the story along and finally gave me some more answers. 

The plot was paced fairly well and just like with Paper Princess, I had a difficult time putting this book down. I was completely wrapped up in the drama surrounding the Royal family. There is just so much of it and it's addictive to read about. However, there were moments where I felt like the story was going in circles though and becoming repetitive. 

Overall, I liked Broken Prince and I can't wait to read the conclusion to this series. If you're looking to read something that is heavy on the drama, then I recommend picking up this series.   

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By: Penelope Douglas
Released: February 18, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he'll barely even speak to me. But he still won't leave me alone. We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him. But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back. I'm not going to let him bully me anymore. (Goodreads)

I thought that Bully was okay. The summary intrigued me a lot, but I felt underwhelmed after finishing this book.

Tate was an interesting protagonist and I liked her a lot. She's been bullied by Jared and his friends for years and she's finally not going to take it anymore. However, I felt like her character development was rushed. I also felt like the relationship between Tate and Jared was rushed too. I really liked their backstory of once being best friends though.

The plot felt really rushed as well. I thought that the beginning started off really well, but then things just started to move forward too quickly. There were some interesting subplots going on, but then nothing happened with them. 

Overall, I just really wanted more from Bully. I especially wanted more character and plot development. However, I did like it enough to read more in this series and see what happens to the other characters.    

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Do you have any New Adult book recommendations? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear them.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #274: Just A Girl

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

Just a Girl
By: Carrie Mesrobian
Release Date: March 28, 2017

Taking a hard look at the societal conventions that constrain teenage girls, William C. Morris Award finalist Carrie Mesrobian tells one girl’s story with bracing honesty and refreshing authenticity. By her senior year of high school, Rianne has exhausted all the fun there is to have in small town Wereford, Minnesota. Volleyball season is winding down, the parties all feel tired, and now that she’s in a serious relationship with reformed player Luke Pinsky, her wild streak has ended. Not that she ever did anything more than the guys her age did...but she knows what everyone thinks of her. Including her parents. Divorced but now inexplicably living together again, Rianne wonders why they’re so quick to point out every bad choice she’s making when they can’t even act like adults. With an uncomfortable home life and her once-solid group of friends now dissolving, the reasons for sticking around after high school are few. So why is Rianne in lockstep when it comes to figuring out her future? That’s not the only question Rianne can’t answer. Lately she’s been wondering why, when she has a perfect-on-paper boyfriend, she wants anything but. Or how it is that Sergei, a broken-English-speaking Russian, understands her better than anyone who’s known her all her life? And why has Rianne gotten stuck with an “easy girl” reputation for doing the same exact things guys do without any judgment? (Goodreads)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

Diplomatic Immunity
By: Brodi Ashton
Released: September 6, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Aspiring reporter Piper Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when she begins to fall for the story's main subject, in this new realistic contemporary romance from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy. Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic’s all part of student life on Embassy Row. Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a journalist. So when she scores a scholarship to exclusive Chiswick Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick offers the country’s most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—and winning will ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country. Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the intense competition in the journalism program—and the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school. And Piper knows access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington. The key to the whole story lies with Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish ambassador—and the boy at the center of the most explosive secrets and scandals on Embassy Row. Rafael is big trouble—and when he drops into her bedroom window one night, asking for help, it’s Piper’s chance to get the full scoop. But as they spend time together, Piper discovers that despite his dark streak, Rafael is smart, kind, funny, and gorgeous—and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it could destroy the boy she just might love? (Goodreads)

Unfortunately, I really didn't enjoy Diplomatic Immunity as much as I hoped. I was so excited to read this book because the plot sounded great, but the story just dragged on too much for me and the plot lacked development. 

Diplomatic Immunity is the story of Piper who wants to become a journalist. When she gets a scholarship to an exclusive academy in DC, she also has the opportunity to win a competition for teen journalists. The journalism program at her new school is competitive though and Piper needs a huge story to stand out. That is when she begins to get closer to Rafael, the son of the Spanish ambassador, and starts to write a story exposing the life of a teen with diplomatic immunity.   

Piper was a very focused character and at times, even too focused. She cared so much about being a journalist that it clouded her choices at times. However, as much as she may have infuriated me while I was reading, she was a realistic teen. She makes mistakes and still has a lot to learn. 

There were several interesting side characters in this book. I really liked Rafael a lot and getting to know him. I also really liked the way the relationship developed between Piper and Rafael. I thought it was one of the more stronger aspects to this story. I also really liked the relationship that Piper shares with her family. I especially loved her close relationship with her grandmother. However, I wished to see more of Piper's relationship with her best friend, Charlotte. Their friendship just felt flat.

The very beginning of Diplomatic Immunity started off well, but then the plot began to drag on until the last quarter of the book. I found myself getting bored a lot and almost giving up on this book altogether. At times, the story was even repeating itself too much and I felt as though I was just going in circles. Then it just suddenly all wrapped up quickly at the end and I was still left with so many questions. There were even some interesting subplots involving Piper's family and their financial situation. However, I felt like it was just dropped off and there was never any development or conclusion to it. I liked the setting in DC and at the elite school too, but I also wanted to explore it even more as well. 

Overall, I didn't enjoy Diplomatic Immunity as much as I hoped. This book had some positives to it, but the negatives outweighed those for me.  
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