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Fate laid out your life for you like a dress on a bed, and you could either wear it or go naked....

I go naked.



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[review] DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT BY SARAH MLYNOWSKI

Don't Even Think About It - Sarah Mlynowski

This one boggled me and i refrained from staring it for a while. Even now in not sure.

 

On one hand we have The Unique Point of View, I've never encountered a book with "WE" POV so far. It was disorienting at firs but you get used to it quickly once you understand why the need of plural POV. The Characters weren't declared good or bad but each character possessed ether characteristic. I found them more complex and more realistic. Also i find easier to sympathize with every single one of them. The Story - i love mind reading stories, i love the perplexity of them, the pros and the cons of knowing everything everyone thinks and the noise that comes along with it (another plus: at no point i find my self eye-rolling and i think that's refreshing).

 

On the other hand The Ending really bothered me! It was not a bad ending, at all, it just ended abruptly. I got to know the characters, i got to love the characters and just when i started to care what happens - the story ended. This book would ha much more sense if there was a sequel.

 

Anyways. That was my problem with this book. I was ready to give it all the praise up until the ending. I'm not sure did i loved this or did i hate it...? So i would recommend it but with caution and i seriously hope there is a sequel in planing...



Review: Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Something Real - Heather Demetrios

 

 

I hate to admit this, but I am a sucker for reality TV. While I know a lot of it is staged and altered, I can get sucked into the stories so easily. This book is definitely going to be in the back of my mind while watching them in the future.

I wasn't expecting much from this read from the beginning, but I really grew to care about Bonnie's experiences over the course of the story. I felt for her and spent most of the book furious with her negligent parents, reality TV, and a world where things like this go unnoticed or unremarked upon. You root for Bonnie and her search for love, happiness and acceptance. I couldn't put it down. I devoured Something Real in less than 24 hours.

Heather Demetrios's book is a study in total family dysfunction, the harm of reality TV shows, and escapism in all its many faces. It describes how damaging these shows can be, especially to children who find themselves being taped 24/7. I can't imagine being in the spotlight at the most crucial times in a child's life.

Very well written and a really honest look at families we get and the families we make.The characters were very well written and easy to relate to. And I absolutely LOVE  the relationship between Bonnie and Benton. In my opinion Benton deserves his own book. :)
There is no insta-love in this book. It was beautiful to see a teenage love story played out in an honest and beautiful way. Bonie and Patrick's relationship was very nicely done. I loved how quirky they both were and how these quirks seemed to forge a bond between them. It

For a book  about reality TV, this one has a lot of heart. This story was amazing and would be eye-opening for any fans of reality TV. If you choose any contemporary book this year- THIS is the book you need to read! 

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[review] SECRET BY BRIGID KEMMERER

Secret - Brigid Kemmerer

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I always love reading Brigid Kemmerer stories, usually feel deprived when i finished with the lest one and have to wait for the next to come out.

This one was no exception. If you've read Breathless (Elemental, #2.5) you know the big secret, if you haven't you'll learn it in the first few pages!
Needless to say I liked how everything was handled and that nothing was gained easily.



Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

 

 

THIS BOOK! Those were the two words I kept repeating after I finished Eleanor & Park. Once in a while, there is a book that hits the market and blows the readers away. I was kinda at a loss for words. If I start praising the book, my words stock wouldn't be sufficient enough to describe my inner feelings. I've been reading raving reviews for this book a while now, and even though I was the last to arrive at the party, I finally gave it a go. And, man, I'm so glad I did ! Brace yourself for a lot of quotes. . . Just a warning. I cannot do these characters justice, so I'm letting Rainbow Rowell words speak for themselves.

Eleanor 
“All I do when we’re apart is think about you, and all I do when we’re together is panic. Because every second feels so important. And because I’m so out of control, I can’t help myself. I’m not even mine anymore, I’m yours, and what if you decide that you don’t want me? How could you want me like I want you?”
 
Park touched her hands like they were something rare and precious, like her fingers were intimately connected to the rest of her body. Which, of course, they were. It was hard to explain. He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.
 
“You think that holding someone hard will bring them closer. You think that you can hold them so hard that you'll still feel them, embossed on you, when you pull away.
Every time Eleanor pulled away from Park, she felt the gasping loss of him.”
 
“But the explanations fell apart in her hands. Everything true was too hard to write--he was too much to lose. Everything she felt for him was too hot to touch.”
  
 
Park 
“Holding Eleanor's hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”
 
"All her bones seemed more purposeful than other people's.  Like they weren't just there to hold her up; they were there to make a point."
 
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
 
“I miss you, Eleanor. I want to be with you all the time. You’re the smartest girl I've ever met, and the funniest, and everything you do surprises me. And I wish I could say that those are the reasons I like you, because that would make me sound like a really evolved human being …‘But I think it’s got as much to do with your hair being red and your hands being soft … and the fact that you smell like homemade birthday cake”
 E&P
Rowell loves to leave us with an open ending. She likes for the reader's imagination to fill in the blanks about the characters and their future. . .  I LOVED IT! I’m currently suffering a huge book hangover :) If you don't read THIS wonderful book, you're flat out crazy.

 

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[review] THE FALL OF FIVE BY PITTACUS LORE

The Fall of Five - Pittacus Lore

There is always that one book/series that you like reading it and you enjoyed it tremendously but you cant honestly say that you loved it. You like the story, but you are never to invested in it. You like the characters, some more then the others, but you wont be to crushed if something happens to any of them - it would be just another plot twist...

This is a 4th book and it's basically the middle of the series. The story is pretty much progressed. Its not as much action packet as its predecessors, it's more of a "regroup and see what should we do next" book. Also, there are two of my favorite characters reappearing in this one so it was interesting.

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John Green's Advice: Make Gifts For People
John Green's Advice: Make Gifts For People


[review] WALLBANGER BY ALICE CLAYTON

Wallbanger - Alice Clayton

 

There is distinction (in my head at least) between chick-lit and contemporary romance. The first one is more light-hearted the second usually features some kind of issue the the MC works thought the book.
The only issue the heroin had here was her problem to, ahm, "finish" (sex-vise). So, no, i didn't like this particular chick-lit.

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[reblog] Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Unhinged  - A.G. Howard

 

 

 

When I finished Splintered I was desperate for more of Howard’s Wonderland and its creepy residents. Her writing is immensely visual, she brings to life every scene in my head in a way very few books can. So I was absolutely thrilled to receive an advance copy of Unhinged.

 

What I Loved:

 

  • Morpheus, of course, and what was revealed about the future. His character is everything that is weird, strange, dark and tempting about Wonderland. He really does make this book, for me. I loved him even more than I did in the first book. I don’t care if he’s part bug.
  • The romance in Unhinged is beyond amazing and it's just what fans have been waiting for! There were SO many amazing and swoon-worthy Morpheus moments that I thought my heart would explode.
  • All of Morpheus and Alyssa's interactions. Their relationship is always changing and evolving and I'm happy to follow it wherever it leads. 
  • Another thing I loved about Unhinged, is that Alyssa’s parents play a much bigger part in the story. We learn more about her mother and the depth of her involvement in Wonderland and it comes with a surprising twist.
  • This cover is just perfectly gorgeous and goes along so well with the first book of this series.
  • There’s something about Howard’s writing that always succeeds in pulling me into the story and immersing me in this world that she has created. This really was deliciously dark. It had everything I fell in love with from Splintered and then went beyond my wildest expectations. 
  • Despite having been introduced to all the characters and the world of Wonderland, Howard chooses to keep this story mostly in the human realm. Wonderland was still very much present as it begins to seep through into Alyssa’s “real world” in a fantastic twist of realities.

 

What I Didn't Love:

 

  • I really liked Alyssa’s character in Splintered. But to be honest, Alyssa bothered me in Unhinged, mostly because of her unnecessary stubbornness towards Morpheus. She ignores clues, making lots of assumptions based on little logic and then changes her mind later on. She drives me nuts with her indecisiveness. Seriously? Make a decision already!
  • Jeb unfortunately, was not able to win me over at all in Unhinged. In fact I like him even less now than I did after Splintered. I definitely feel the love they have for each other, but not the heat. There's just no spark between them in my opinion.

Unhinged has a nice blend of romance, mystery, intrigue and fantasy and is a great addition to the Splintered series. It managed to blow me away. I ate up all the chaos and wonder that is Unhinged, and can't wait to read the next installment. I just wish it wasn't so far away, the wait will be VERY painful.

 

 

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[teaser #4] INTO THE STILL BLUE BY VERONICA ROSSI

Into the Still Blue - Veronica Rossi

 *Note: all the teasers we provide are from the Advanced Readers Copy of the book and may be subjected to changes upon publishing.


(Update: 01/06/'14) He leaned down, bracing his arms on either side of her, his lips soft as they kissed a trail from her mouth to her ear. “What I was trying to say,” he whispered, “is that I see you in everything. There isn’t a word for you that means enough, because you’re everything to me.”
“Perfect words,” she said, her smile wobbling with emotion. “Magical.”
He looked into her eyes, flashing a proud grin. “Yeah?...read the rest on the bog



[review] THE NATURALS BY JENNIFER LYNN BARNES

The Naturals - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I've read J.L.B. before, she didn't leave much of an impression with her previous book. But this book i liked.

I've picked this up assuming is a paranormal science fiction, but it turned out to be plain mystery thriller.
The distinction was not all that obvious and keeping in mind that it is a first in series maybe it'll turn out supernatural after all, we'll see.

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[teaser] Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Unhinged  - A.G. Howard

 

As if spurred by my silence, he withdraws his magic and the moths flock together, reuniting to the hat. He puts it on and his gaze locks to mine. His jewels flicker between passion and defiance- an evocative and intimidating combination.
“Fair warning, I intend to make good use of that time. I will be gentle, but I will not be a gentleman. You will be the center of my world... read the rest HERE 

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[a year in books] BEST/WORST CHARACTERS

For us, usually, the character come front and center when judging the goodness (or badness) of a book. That's why today's article was the most fun to write.
It's our favorite (and the longest) of the three.
Read, enjoy and comment!



Best/Worst Book Covers

2013

 

So as the new year approaches we find it inevitable to reminisce about the books we read in the year that has passed. There are a lot of books that we want to talk about: the books weloved - the ones that changed our lives, made us fall in love with them and everybody around us, and the books we hated - the ones we wanted to throw in a volcano from a plane, riding a shark, strapped with dynamite (thank you Despicable Me 2 ).
Alas between the two of  us there are around +200 and we can't talk about every single one of them, so today we'll only talk about the covers!
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[teaser] FIREBUG (Necromancer, #3) BY LISH McBRIDE

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer - Lish McBride

 

Snippet from the book:
* on Lish McBrid's blog

 

"I can be ready in five,” I said.
He wiped what was left of the suds I’d forgotten off my nose. “No, you’ll eat some breakfast, finish your coffee, and I’ll see you in an hour."
“Besides,” Duncan added, “evicting Ezra in under five minutes is hardly humane.”... read the rest HERE!



[review] STEELHEART BY BRANDON SANDERSON

Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson

 

I often wish i was a superhero. Or at list live in the world where they exist so ill be their techno-geek (like felicity on arrow) and help them...

This book made me rethink my wishes.

 

Sanderson giver every superhero villains characteristic and makes the regular human the real heroes!

Now that's the world i wanna live in!

 

The setting is in Chicago, in the future where all city is made of still. Also because of the Epic named Nightwielder the city lives in perpetual darkens and almost all the citizens are relocated underground.

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[reblog] World After by Susan Ee

World After  - Susan Ee

 

 

WOW. Just wow. This book? I'm not sure I can describe it as anything else but AMAZING! World After is one of those books that are hard to describe and review about because I feel like I can’t do the book justice and explain how much I loved it. Here I am, months later, trying to write a review for the hundredth time. And I can't (Not really, anyway.) This book is just everything I want in a book. Okay, how do I even begin?

 

THINGS I ABSOLUTELY LOVED ABOUT THIS BOOK:

 

  • I LOVE Penryn. That name alone for me is worth reading the book. She is strong, no non-sense, low on drama, navigating a really dark world. I love how real she is in this book.
  • I LOVE Raffe...sigh…all I can say is that I have got a new addition to my Fictional BF collection :)  I have one BIG complaint though: Not enough Raffe! Seriously! He's this mysterious angel warrior and totally bad ass. HE IS SO SWOON-WORTHY.

 

 

  • I love the flirty bantering between Penryn and Raffe, through out the whole story. The world is one hell of a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and even in such a dire situation, Penryn and Raffe both manage to find humor to lighten things up.
  • Scenes that give you warm fuzzy feelings up your spine and butterflies at the pit of your stomach.
  • The plot is so unexpected. There's always things happening in this book that leaves you at the edge of your seat.
  • Paige! Poor sweet Paige! There's this one particular scene that honestly brought me to tears like I really cried. REAL TEARS.

 

 

  • The book is dark and twisted, with some gruesome bits in it, imagine scorpion angels and Frankenstein-like experiments on little kids...but I loved it all.
  • Despite all the struggle, hardship, and heartbreak, there were many times where I found myself laughing out loud.
  • Pooky Bear. You can’t NOT love Pooky Bear. That's the best sword ever
  • Penryn's crazy mom is another highlight of the book, her relationship with Penryn is heartbreaking. When Penryn gets her inner (crazy) Mom on, she is funny as hell. I laughed so hard I nearly died.
  • The end of this book was the best I've read in a long friggin time! It left me crazy! CRAZY I TELL YOU!!
  • Susan Ee awed me with her writing. Without her there won't be Raffe..Enough said!

 

I JUST LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK

Hard to focus on reality again after this one...



 

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