Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass

Heir of Fire
(Throne of Glass # 3)
By: Sarah J. Mass
Pub. Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 565
Source: Netgalley


Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review. 

The Throne of Glass series is definitely an amazing, original series about a young women named Celaena who is one of the worlds greatest assassinations. I loved watching Calaena grow throughout the series, and I can't wait to see what will happen to her in the next book. While I didn't like Heir of Fire as much as I did the first two books, it was still a wonderful book.

Heir of Fire takes place right after Crown of Midnight ends. Calaena has left the palace on one of her errands, but at the same time has her own agenda. I hated that she wasn't at the castle with Chaol. I hated so much that they were separated. I also didn't like that Dorian and Chaol weren't being honest with each other and keeping secrets from the other. I love their friendship so much, so it's definitely something I missed in Heir of Fire.

In this installment we are introduced to another leading man-Rowan. I absolutely loved him! Maybe even more that Chaol and Dorian, which I never thought could be possible! In the beginning he was so closed off and kind of a jerk, but I loved watching his walls break down. **Swoon**

We got to see a lot more of Calaena's vulnerable side in Heir of Fire. She blames herself for so much that has happened. I hated how broken she was. We also learn a lot more about her past and family, and what really happened 10 years ago when everything she has ever known was destroyed. These parts were so hard to read.   

Heir of Fire ended on such a cliffhanger. I am so excited for the next book. I don't know if I will be able to wait a whole year! 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: Shatter by Erin McCarthy

Shatter
(True Believers # 4)
By: Erin McCarthy
Pub. Date: September 1, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Group Berkley
Pages: 250
Source: Netgalley


Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…

While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.

With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole.
 I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

I have enjoyed this series from the beginning, and I think Shatter has been my favorite so far. I really loved the characters, and I think that's what made me love this book so much. Both Kylie and Jonathon have earned a special place in my heart. First off, I love that Kylie was the one who needed tutoring, and it was tattooed Jonathon "Darwin" Kadisch that was the genius that was tutoring her.

I think these two were so adorable with each other, and nothing is hotter then a geeky, tattooed boy. They were only together one night, but that one night resulted in pregnancy. They literally just met, but I love that Jonathan was ready to do the right thing by Kylie and their unborn child.

Despite having a huge issue that the two of them were trying to figure out, I like that there wasn't any drama in the story. They were honest with each other, which I enjoyed. It was a nice change of pace from other new adult stories out there.

Shatter is one of my favorite stories from this series, and I am excited to read the next one!   


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

Rumble
By: Ellen Hopkins
Pub. Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderberry Books
Pages: 560
Source: Edelweiss


Eighteen-year-old Matthew Turner doesn't believe in much. Not in family—his is a shambles, after his brother’s suicide. Not in so-called friends who turn their backs when the going gets rough. Certainly not in some omnipotent master of heaven and earth, no matter what his girlfriend, Hayden, thinks. In fact, he’s sick of arguing with her about faith. Matt is a devout atheist, unafraid of some Judgment Day designed by decidedly human power brokers to keep the masses in check. He works hard, plays hard, and plans on checking out the same way. But a horrific accident—one of his own making—plunges Matt into a dark, silent place where the only thing he can hear is a rumble, and eventually, a voice. And what it says will call everything Matt has ever disbelieved into question.
 I received this galley from edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I have been a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins for years. I feel like her last few books have not been as strong as her books from the beginning, but I still love her and will read anything she writes. Which is why I read Rumble. I usually try to stay away from books with a big religious theme, but it's Hopkins, so I had to read it. While I liked it, I didn't love it.

In true Hopkins form, the main character is trying to deal with something major that has happened in his life. Matthew blames himself for his brothers suicide. When Luke came out to his family, Matthew wasn't as supportive as he should have and could have been. Now Luke is dead, and Matthew is trying to figure out how religion plays into his life. His parents, especially his mother, are huge believers of a higher power. Matthew is the other end of the spectrum. He believes there is no way God can exist. He says all you have to do is look at all of the hate in the world to realize it. I actually really liked Matthew and I connected to him. He grew a lot as a character throughout the novel and I enjoyed watching his transformation.

I wasn't a huge fan of the ending. I felt it was very rushed. I actually didn't even realize I was reaching the end of the novel, then all of a sudden I did.  I hate when that happens! I think a few more pages would have been better.

What I love so much about Hopkin's books is she always creates the most realistic characters. They are all going through something terrible and I think many people can connect and relate to them. Even if you have never been in the exact same situation as them, there is still something there that can connect you to them.

I can't wait to find out what Hopkins will write next!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Blog Tour: My Tribute to The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin


Addison Stone’s sudden death left nothing but questions; everyone felt they knew her best, but once she died it seemed to be so much smoke and mirrors. So I decided to find out: who was Addison, really? What were we to her? The tells her inner circle’s story. Now I want to hear yours. Write something; paint; sculpt; collage; take a photo. Just create something and post it. Give us your memories of her. Maybe together we can put our shattered butterfly back together.
 
-Adele Griffin
This isn’t your average blog tour. Instead of a traditional interview, review, or guest post, we’re asking you to join in the spirit of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, a docu-novel that tries to get to the bottom of who Addison Stone really is.

Obviously you don’t *really* know her–she doesn’t actually exist–but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun pretending, right?

And have fun we did! Over 50 bloggers, 13 days, and a huge amount of creativity, here we have it. The blog tour for The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone. (Note: there’s tons more, including free swag, at iamaddisonstone.com.)

My tribute to Addison Stone:

I didn't know Addison. Not like Lincoln or Jonah knew her. We were both in the same art class at Pratt. I remember thinking how talented Addison was, but also how lonely and vulnerable she was. Everything she was feeling could be seen right on that canvas for everyone to see. The day she stopped coming to class was "the day the music died" so to speak. I will never be as talented as she was. She was truly something special.

Visit IAmAddisonStone.com to learn more about Addison Stone







Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
By: Adele Griffin
Pub. Date: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Soho Teen
Pages: 256
Source: Edelweiss

National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won't let her go.

From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.

- Adele Griffin

I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone is one of the most original stories I have ever read. Author Adele Griffin tells the story of street artist Addison Stone through photographs, artwork, and interviews from Addison's friends, ex boyfriends, family, and other people in the artist world. We get to see how Addison deals with fame and we see her downward spiral. While working on a piece, Addison falls to her death, and no one knows if it was suicide, an accident, or murder. This is what Griffin wants to find out.

From the first photograph of Addison I wanted to know more about her life. I loved reading the interviews from the people who really knew her, and the people who just acted like they did. Addison did suffer from a mental illness, but does that mean she killed herself? Or did one of her ex boyfriends push her, since neither of them have alibi's for that night? Each page left me wanting more. The best part? The accompanying artwork and photographs. I must have spent five minutes staring at each one.

The writing is what makes this story so different then other contemporaries out there. Told entirely in interview form, we get a sense of Addison, without ever really knowing her, since at the time of the story, she has already died. I thought it would be confusing with so many different peoples viewpoints, but it ended up being so easy to keep up. I was never lost and I always knew who was talking. Each voice was very distinguished.

My favorite voice was Lincoln Reed, who was probably the love of Addison's life. At first you only think negative things about him, since he doesn't have an alibi and he was no where to be found during all the media attention, but it's 100% clear how much Lincoln loved Addison.


I can not wait to read more from Griffin and I highly recommend The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone!


Check back tomorrow for my Addison Stone inspiration piece, part of the The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone blog tour

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review: Reckless by Priscilla West

Reckless
(Reckless # 1)
By: Priscilla West
Pub. Date: August 4, 2014
Publisher: Self
Pages: 249
Source: eARC from Author

Everything about him warned me to stay away.

I’d seen bad boys before, but he had it all and more. The rippling muscles covered in tatts, the piercing eyes hiding dark secrets, the silky voice that could make a girl come with just a whisper.

He was exactly the type of guy that would get me in trouble, but when he jumped off the stage, inked skin glistening with sweat and breathed his seductive words into my ear, I couldn’t resist the temptation.

It was supposed to be the best one-night stand of my life, but fate didn’t let it play out that way. Things happened. I got upset. I got hasty. And worst of all, I got reckless.

After that disaster, I thought it was the last I’d see of him. But what I didn’t know was that I’d started something.

Something that could shatter the very thing I had worked so hard to protect.

I should have known back then that the most seductive things in life are also the most dangerous.

I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.


I really enjoy Priscilla West's books. She writes really complex and broken characters and I love reading about them healing and Reckless was no exception. I fell in love with both Jax and Riley. Jax was just so complex and Riley really knew how to stand on her own with him.

Jax and Riley first meet at one of his concerts and instantly the two of them have this hot, sexy connection. They never expect to see each other again after their one night stand but it turns out that Riley is the accountant that has been hired by the bands management to help control the money. Jax is your stereotypical bad boy, until you get to know him. He is actually a very sweet and caring guy but due to his horrible, abusive upbringing it has left him with more then his share of issues. When he finally started to open up to Riley about his past, I nearly lost it. Especially the story of his 14th birthday. I almost died. The story is told through the POV of Riley, but I loved the single flashback chapter from Jax POV. It added so much to his character. I really hope we learn more about Jax's past in the second book.  

I couldn't believe the ending! What a cliffhanger. I am so excited for the next book, and I really hope that I don't have to wait long for it!

I highly recommend this book. I think its the start of an amazing series! 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Review: Lead Me Not by A. Meredith Walters

Lead Me Not
By: A. Meredith Walters
Pub. Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 288
Source: Edelweiss


In this dangerously sexy novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Find You in the Dark, a straight-laced college student meets a handsome but enigmatic stranger who lures her into an underground club scene, where she finds it difficult to resist temptation

Aubrey Duncan understands loss. She knows what rock bottom looks like, and she is determined to crawl back up to the top after the sudden death of her younger sister. She blames herself for her part in the tragedy, convinced that she could have done something, anything, to help her.

In her effort to gain redemption, Aubrey starts fresh at Longwood University and facilitates an addiction support group, hoping she can support someone else in the way she failed her sister. But what she doesn’t count on is an all-consuming fascination with group member Maxx Demelo, a gorgeous, blond, blue-eyed enigma who hides dark secrets behind a carefully constructed mask. He only reveals what he wants others to see. But Aubrey glimpses another Maxx hidden below the surface—a Maxx who is drowning in his own personal hell.

As Aubrey and Maxx develop an attraction too intense to ignore, he pulls her into the dark underbelly of the city club scene, where she is torn by her desire to save him and an inexplicable urge to join him in his downward spiral. Worst of all, she is beginning to love everything she should run away from—a man who threatens to ignite in her a fire that could burn her alive.
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. I really, really loved this book. A. Meredith Walters made me care so much about these characters, I was still thinking about them days after I finished the book. Aubrey and Maxx were written so beautifully. They were so broken, but Maxx, sweet, scared Maxx just stole the entire show for me.

After her sister overdosed on drugs, Aubrey has decided to make it her life's work to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else. Maxx deals and takes drugs to help deal with the pain in his past. Lead Me Not is definitely not a fluffy, light read. I actually had to put the book down a few times just so I could process my thoughts and feelings.

I really liked Aubrey as a character. She was very strong, and I liked that she could hold her own with Maxx. 
Maxx is someone who basically acted like a jerk, and never let anyone see his vulnerable side or what he was really thinking and feeling. It isn't until you see him with his younger brother that you start to realize there is something way more to him. The events leading to the end really angered me, but they were just so realistic. The actual ending made me so excited for the next book (well, I hope there is a next book!).

Once Maxx started opening up to Aubrey, I really loved the two of them together. They had such a wonderful connection. What made their relationship so hard was that Maxx is a full on addict, who never realized that he had a problem. It was just so heartbreaking, especially when things got so bad that he started to lie to his brother. Those parts killed me.

I've read other books from Walters, but Lead Me Not has definitely been my favorite by far. I am so excited to see what's next! 


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