Sunday, November 12, 2017

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)


Title: Beautiful Disaster 
By: Jamie McGuire
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Kindle e-Book
(5 STARS)



The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie McGuire

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists in all four categories. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. In 2015, books two and three of the Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Redemption and Beautiful Sacrifice, respectively, also topped the New York Times, as well as a Beautiful series novella, Something Beautiful. In 2016, Beautiful Burn made an appearance on the New York Times and USA Today, and was also named iBooks' Romance Book of the Year. The same year, A Beautiful Funeral also topped the New York Times bestseller list.





Quotes:


“I knew the second I met you
that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it 
wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.”  - Travis

“You can’t tell me
what to do anymore, Travis! I don’t belong to you!”
In the second it took him to turn and face me, his
expression had contorted into anger. He stomped toward
me, planting his hands on the bed and leaning into my face.
“WELL I BELONG TO YOU!” The veins in his neck
bulged as he shouted, and I met his glare, refusing to even
flinch. He looked at my lips, panting. “I belong to you.” 

“You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”  - Travis

“It's dangerous to need someone that much. You're trying to save him and he's hoping you can. You two are a disaster." 
I smiled at the ceiling. 
"It doesn't matter what or why it is. When it's good, Kara... it's beautiful.”  - Abbi

“He continued to stare out the window. "I meant what I said before. You need to walk away, Pidge. God knows I can't walk away from you.” - Travis

“It wasn’t just me, and it wasn’t just him, it was what we were together that was the exception.”  - Abbi

“He was afraid of nothing. Until he'd met me.” - Abbi

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I love this book so much. It is the book that I have re-read the most at about 10 times. It takes me about a day to finish and I am totally addicted to it. I am obsessed and here's why. 

In the beginning Abbi was very focused on leaving her past behind, making new friends at a new school, and passing her classes. Travis is a bad boy in every sense of the word, the tattoos, he fights in the underground cirle and is a womanizer. When Abbi and Travis became friends they decided to do a bet, if Abbi won the Travis would have to be celibate for a month, but if Travis won then Abbi would have to stay at his apartment for a month. So you can guess what happened there. Since Abbi is Travis' first friend that is a girl no one knows what to make of their friendship at the beginning. 

I really liked the way their friendship grew, how they opened up to each other as they spent more time together. They changed for each other and became better for it. Their relationship on the other hand was very different, they were moody and scared to lose each other. When they're together and happy everything is good but when they're not together and they fight, the whole world comes down with them. I also loved their back stories and where they came from, their parents' stories, and who they were before they met each other.

My favorite character is Travis and that's why I keep coming back to read this book. He's beautiful and gentle, he cares so much about Abbi. I feel like this is an epic love story for me because of the special way Travis feels about Abbi. To love someone with such intensity and devotion is amazing. I like books that make me feel a certain way and this one makes me feel all mushy inside lol. I absolutely love the way he shows his love for her.

I didn't like Abbi at times, I thought she was a bit selfish; she had a goal and damn anything or anyone that would get in her way. So because of that I didn't agree with some of her decisions, and poor Travis had to pay for it. 

Also in the end when something happened and suddenly they're off on an adventure, that was surprising. 

I can't say enough about how much I love this book and how amazing it is. I think everyone should read it! I hope this review gives this book justice because when I love a book as much as I love this one it takes me forever to review. Just know that it's amazing, go read it and read the rest of the series.


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So now you know how much I love this book, so here's what I didn't like about it.

I didn't get enough of the romance that I wanted between Travis and Abbi, there was something always getting in the way. There was more time of them being apart then of them being together. I loved their relationship so much that I wanted more of it!

I also didn't like that at Thanksgiving dinner Travis was saying how he would still want her as a friend if she won't have him any other way. OMG! He was telling her that he did wanna be with her but if she didn't wanna be with him then he'll take her friendship if that's all he could get. He needed her in his life so bad he would say and do anything just to keep her around. Poor Travis what he went through because of that little misunderstanding. I just wanted to shake Abbi and make her open her eyes and tell her that there's this super awesome guy that is devoted to you and worships the ground you walk on still wants you after you've left him so many times. I think there's absolutely nothing wrong with needing someone like you need to breathe, do you? Lol. To me it's not only about the little things, it's about the whole package and Travis certainly is. 

I also thought the ending was kind of abrupt; the fire, and then "let's get married!" that surprised me. But I'm glad they got married, I didn't think that it would happen so soon and that Abbi was the one to propose. I wasn't surprised that Travis already had the ring, I think he bought it when he found out he loved her, which was probably when she moved in or before that. All I know is that he fell fast and hard and forever. 


                                                       

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Review: One Love by Lili St. Germain





One Love by Lili St. Germain
Title: One Love
Author: Lili St. Germain
Series: Gypsy Brothers #7
My Ratting: 2 Stars


This is the final book in the series.

This review is ALL SPOILERS! If you have not read the entire series do not read this review.

Review:
I loved this series so don't get me wrong cause of this rating. I just think that the villain in this story got what he deserved, I don't think it was enough. Dornan tortured Juliette so much and made her go through hell several times, so I don't understand how he got such an easy death. Yes she killed all of his sons that did her wrong but he should have suffered more.

I was addicted to this series and I read it as each book was released and it's taken me this long to review it because I was so disappointed with the ending. I feel like in all the other books Dornan's sons died in creative ways and he didn't. I also think that all the other books were building up to Dornan's death it fell flat for me unfortunately.


                                            

Friday, November 4, 2016

Reveiw- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass 3
Published: September 2, 2014
Source: Hardcover/ Bought myself
Rating: 5 Stars



Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

About The Author

Sarah J. Maas


Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.



Quotes

“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”

     “And then I am going to rattle the stars.”  

“You didn't need a weapon at all when you were born one.”  

     “You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.”  

“I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don't care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.”

“Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, "I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius.”  
"I claim you, Aelin. To whatever and."



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In this book Celeana becomes Aelin and it was great to read about her growing experience. And we also met rowan which I have heard so much about. Much more happened in this book, I mean it was huge, but those were the main points in my opinion. Sarah's writing and plot is really good as usual, so captivating and original. This was my favorite book in the series and I have to say that I'm totally obsessed with this series and I get what the hype is about Sarah who is amazing as a person and an incredible author.

Celeana was sent to Wendlyn where the Fae live on the orders of the Kind of Adarlan. She needs some information from her aunt Maeve, but in order for her to get to her she has to use her magic. So throughout the book Celeana is trying to master her magic by being trained by Prince Rowan, who was sent by her aunt. And Rowan does not want to be there! He hates that he has to train her at all. Celeana and Rowan treat each other sooo bad, the things that he would say to her were so mean. He had to get a rise out of her to see what would make her magic come out.

So as she's going through training, we get to see what Dorian and Chaol are up to back at the Glass Palace. And we are also introduced to a few new characters like Manon who is a witch, she's not even supposed to have a heart. So she shouldn't have an compassion or sympathy for anyone. But I felt like I didn't get to see her in action to see what she was really like instead of just saying how she was. Like in Throne of Glass, Celeana was this badass assassin but it wasn't really shown.

The King, I hate him, he's so evil. In the end of this book is where we learn exactly how much of a monster he really is. To what length he's willing to go to keep his kingdom. He doesn't care about anyone but himself and has no problem sacrificing anyone who gets in his way. He's a true villain through and through. He's written very well as a cunning bastard and we are all meant to seriously dislike him. 

I really love this series and this book was the start of my absolute admiration for the stories that Sarah has written. I can't to find out what more awesomeness is in store for me in the next books. I'm already reading Queen of Shadows and it's immediately amazing, there's no waiting for the action.

If you all have read this series let's discuss I'd love to know what you think!
      
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Spoiler Section

I thought the ending was beautiful how Rowan was completely devoted to Aelin, I think he redeemed himself from the beginning. I mean these too hated each other for just being themselves. Rowan didn't want to be training some future Queen or who knows what and Aelin didn't want anyone training her and getting in the way of her plans. I mean it was brutal, the things he would say to her were so messed up like you should have just died cause you're worthless. Omg just so mean.

When Rowan & Aelin joined powers was epic! How he came back for her and trusted that they were meant to join, it was just so special and like nothing I've read before. She could set the world on fire. Yes! It's about time Aelin, show me what you've got! I wanted to see her powers in action and boy did I. When she showed up at her aunt's throne and just lit the whole island on fire, that was amazing. You show her Aelin!

I hated that Rowan cant go with her back to Adarlan with her! I want more of him! Is her going to be in Queen of Shadows at all? What the hell man? Lol. It just got good between them and then they have to be apart, that sucks.



Saturday, October 22, 2016

Spotlight Teasers- Fight by Molly McLain

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Title: Fight
Series: Velocity Book #2
Author: Molly McLain
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: October 14

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Synopsis
The story continues...
I trusted Colton with every bit of myself. I believed him when he promised he’d never hurt me. But he broke me…and now I watch him give another woman everything I thought would be mine.
I never saw this coming.
I don’t blame Taylor for the decisions she’s made, because I know the fault is all mine. I took her for granted. I broke her heart.
But she’s everything to me. If the guy holding her now thinks for one second I’ll lay down without a fight, he’s dead wrong.
Because I’m coming after what’s mine.



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About the Author

Molly

Like many novelists, especially romance writers, my infatuation with a good love story began early. I don’t remember exactly how old I was, but I’ll admit that Barbie and Ken acted more than a couple of the story lines I had in my head (sorry, Mom, but, no, not all of them were kid-appropriate). The obsession continued to grow as I got older and, whenever I left home, I always had a wire-bound notebook and a blue ballpoint pen in hand. In fact, every August, I still get that goofy, schoolgirl itch to buy up oodles of pens and paper, because, while I love my laptop, nothing compares to writing long-hand. If the house is quiet and there’s a thunderstorm rumbling outside, even better.

Not that I have the slightest a clue what a quiet house is anymore. Having three rambunctious (but awesome) kids, a zippy dog and a pesky cat has completely blurred my memory of peace and quiet. Oh, and I have a husband too–I call him the FisherGuy–and he’s probably louder and crazier than all the rest. I think I’ll keep him though. After all, he keeps me in fresh fish year-round (yum!) and he’s good hero material. Did I mention he’s also a firefighter?

We live in Northern Wisconsin and, let me tell ya, living here has provided lots of small-town fodder for this writer’s overactive imagination. Of course, I know no one who’s lived anything close to the steamy experiences I write about (not that I’d tell ya if I did *wink*). There’s something inherently sexy about not knowing what goes on behind closed doors…or even better, letting my imagination run free, concocting all kinds of stories and scenarios and putting them down on paper. Or my laptop.

2014 is going to be a big year for me, as I debut my first novel early in the spring and the majority of the remaining series as the year goes on. I’ll also be releasing at least one, hopefully two, books in a second series. Both are set in small towns and both will feature smart, spunky heroines and sexy, smokin’ hot heroes. Oh, and romance…sometimes sweet and sometimes sizzling.



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Monday, October 17, 2016

Review- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 2
Published: May 3, 2016
Genre: NA
Source: Hardcover
5/5 Stars!!!


Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


About The Author

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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I haven't found the right words to express my excitement about this book and series but I'll try. After reading the first book in this series A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) I wasn't really sure what to expect from the series since I didn't completely love ACOTAR. And now I immensely understand the hype around this series and any book by Sarah for that matter. I absolutely LOVED this book!! The characters were amazing, the plot, and the writing were super great. I absolutely loved everything about this book!

The character development in this book was phenomenal. I think Feyre went through a lot in ACOTAR and that she's a different person after everything that happened under the mountain. She's dealing with PTSD and so is everyone else, Tamlin and Rhysand. They're all dealing with it differently, Tamlin is being over protective with Feyre and backing her up into a corner not noticing how it's affecting her. Feyre feels trapped and not even Lucien could help her. All the new characters that were introduced were great, I thought they all flowed together real well. They were squad goals! And Rhysand who is just so beautiful and selfless and wonderful. I can't say enough good things about him, he endured so much for his people and would do anything for them.

I also want to mention that PTSD isn't portrayed in YA very much and I wanted to appreciate the accuracy in which Sarah portrayed it. I thought it was very well done, post traumatic stress disorder is very common in our every day lives and a very serious matter and I think that it should be talked about more in the young adult reading community. 

The plot was a Persephone and Hades retelling and it came together so well. The ending was so beautifully crafted, it was perfect. A total cliffhanger btw.

Sarah J. Maas's writing is so addicting, I was at the edge of my seat while reading this story. This is one of my favorite books!

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Discussion/ Spoiler Section 



I loved this book so much! So I need to talk about the ending first...
OMG! Her sisters becoming Fae and one having a mate, like what?! The ending was soo good! The High Lady of the Night Court which Tamlin said wasn't possible btw. And she's going to be a spy for the Night Court and she has to "pretend" to still be in love with Tamlin. Can I just say that I hate him! How can you say you love someone and then betray their whole family and everyone she loves? I think that he was hanging on too tight to Feyre, he's scared that something might happen to her because he's also dealing with the aftermath of what happened under the mountain. Rhysand! The love of my life, is gorgeous inside and out. He gave himself up for his people, his story is so sad and he endured it all for everyone he loves and to make sure they were safe. His story is the most selfless one I've ever read. The way that Rhysand is with Feyre, letting her make her own decisions and not letting her stand on the sidelines. Feyre just wanted to be free, to make her own choices and Rhys just let her be herself and didn't try to change her.

I think that now I get that when Sarah J. Maas needs to end a love triangle she completely destroys one of the characters. And I'm sure we all think that Tamlin is a monster both inside and out. She wrote him out to be so bad that there would be no way in hell that Fayre would ever go back to him willingly, mate bond or not. Feyre was betrayed in one of the worse way possible but Tamlin thought that she was in real danger. I understand Tamlin because he does love Feyre in his own way and he didn't know that the king was going to harm her sisters and didn't know how truly evil he was. So in any case, Tamlin can't be redeemed in my eyes.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Review- The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

The Girl On The Train
 Author: Paula Hawkins
Published: January 13, 2015
3/5 STARS


EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?





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I found out about this book when I first saw the trailer of the movie, it's out now but I wanted to read the book first. I was super excited to read this book! I thought the plot was amazing, but the characters and writing fell short for me.

Rachel the main character was an alcoholic who would black out and couldn't remember what happened most of the time. Other characters were just as flawed, nothing wrong with that because it made them more real. I didn't like that at some points of the story was told in Anna's point of view which was Rachel's ex- husband's new wife. That was unnecessary in my opinion because I really hated her and I was probably supposed to.

In this story nothing is what it looked like. My first psychological thriller and I loved the plot and I think that for me that's what made this book so good for me. Many aspects I didn't like but overall this book was one surprise after another. Many secrets and betrayals, and an ending that I didn't see coming. The whole time I was reading I just wanted to know what was going to happen next! And in the end I was flying through the pages because it was so good.

But because it was so repetitive and characters that I couldn't relate to, couldn't connect with and the writing I gave this book only 3 stars.

Release Day- Siren's End ( Book 3) by Jessica Cage

Siren's End (The Siren Series Book 3) by [Cage, Jessica]



















Title: Siren's End
Series: The Siren Series #3
Author: Jessica Cage
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 12

Synopsis

The time has come for Syrinada to face the music.

It’s been months since she finished the Naiad’s Walk, the series of tests that each Siren must face in order to receive their Siren’s Stone. In this stone is the key that unlocks the power that rightfully belongs to their kind. With one task completed and access to her full powers, Syrinada is faced with a new problem. Alderic, her father, wishes to use her as a weapon, a tool to bring about the damnation of the world. She refuses to help him, but Alderic isn’t one to simply accept no for an answer.

Syrinada can no longer run from her problems. Alderic is powerful and growing stronger each day, but her fight isn’t just with her estranged father. The coven, the witches of New Orleans, has discovered the true reaches of Syrinada’s power and they have decided to stand against her.

With fire coming at her from all sides, Syrinada has no choice; she must stand and fight, or die with alongside everyone she loves.

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About the Author

Jessica Cage
 

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, writing has always been a passion for Jessica Cage. She dabbles in artistic creations of all sorts but at the end of the day, it's the pen that her hand itches to hold. Jessica had never considered following her dream to be a writer because she was told far too often "There is no money in writing." So she chose the path most often traveled. During pregnancy she asked herself an important question. How would she be able to inspire her unborn son to follow his dreams and reach for the stars, if she never had the guts to do it herself? Jessica decided to take a risk and unleash the plethora of characters and their crazy adventurous worlds that had previously existed only in her mind, into the realm of readers. She did this with hopes to inspire not only her son but herself. Inviting the world to tag along on her journey to become the writer she has always wanted to be. She hopes to continue writing and bringing her signature Caged Fantasies to readers everywhere.



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