Saturday, August 31, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

 Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Here's what I got this week!

Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Consume by Melissa Darnell

Consume by Melissa Darnell
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert's joy—and despair. By changing the Clann's golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape. As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.  -

This is one of my favorite series of last year and this year.  I've been dying to see how this story was going to end, and scared that it wouldn't end well.  I need not have worried.  This was an amazing final installment to the story.  A really great ending to the series.

I absolutely loved what the author did with this story.  With the way the last one ended, with Tristan being turned by Savannah, I knew it would present some challenges, and boy was I not wrong on that.  I loved the fact that the two of them have an internal connection now, could hear one another's thoughts.  It created an intimacy that was so romantic, and gave them an even greater connection to one another.  Yet, there were still problems that kept you in suspense to see how things would turn out for them.

I have always loved Tristan as a character, but I love him even more now as you get to watch him struggle to learn his new life, figure out how to be a vampire and contain his urges.  And then I love Savannah.  She's so smart and so spunky, and is willing to take on everything in order to save the people she loves.

Another great thing about this one was that some people you always thought were enemies become friends.  This was a great twist, and I love seeing villains reconciled. 

The fight scene at the end was amazingly suspenseful.  There were definitely some unexpected twists there too, and I was on the edge of my seat for the last third of the book.  This was a really great story all around, and I loved the writing.  I'll be looking for this author's next project in suspenseful anticipation!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left?

Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.    -
Release Date:  September 17, 2013
Why I'm excited about it:
An asteroid about to hit the
earth.  And romance.  Fun!!
Leave a comment and let me know what your WoWs are this week!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu

Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu
Release Date: July 8, 2013

Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn't just a game for Jillian and her friends, it's a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you're bound for heart ache.  So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can't—or perhaps won't—take a hint.  Study abroad student Liam doesn't want to be another notch on Jillian's bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa's set expiration date means he can't promise her forever. That doesn't mean he's going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance.  Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they're playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.  -

Catching Liam wasn't quite what I was expecting.  For some reason, I thought it was going to be a little bit more light-hearted... which it was, but just not to the extent that I thought it would be.  The story was pretty good, but there were times when I didn't feel like I connected with it, or the characters completely, and I'm exactly sure why.

My favorite character in the story, by far, was Liam.  He was such a good guy... so down to earth, sexy, gorgeous, but also sweet and caring.  You just had to love him... but there were times I wondered why he put up with Jillian.  This is a girl who won't commit, and yes, there are some reasons, but she was really difficult to be with, and I felt kind of bad for him and how she treated him.

She was the hardest for me to connect with, and there were times I just wanted to tell her to get over it.  Luckily, Liam is patient.  He was the brightest spot of the story for me.  I loved him. 

In the end, I liked the story, but it didn't really knock my socks off like I was hoping it would.  Something was missing for me somewhere, and I can't quite put my finger on why.  But I did like it.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Stung by Bethany Wiggins
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Walker Childrens Books

There is no cure for being stung.  Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.  Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.  Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.  -

This book was a blast of suspense and action, and I absolutely loved it.  The story starts right in the middle of something, so at first it seems like you're missing pieces or came in right in the middle.  It gave it a feeling as if it was a sequel and that I had missed book one.  It didn't take long though for me to catch on and to love that approach.  It started the action off immediately and really sucked me into the book.

One thing I really loved about this book was that nothing and no one was exactly what they seemed.  Because of that, there were quite a few things and events in this book that were totally unexpected.  I was shocked and my jaw was on the floor more than once.  You find out the pieces to what's going on a little at a time, right along with the main character, Fiona, rather than learning everything up front.  This just increased the suspense for me and made me feel as if I was experiencing everything myself, as if I was standing next to the characters.  I loved this approach.

The characters were great.  I loved Fiona.  She's so clueless at first, having no idea what has happened to her up until then, and having no memory of anything.  The fact that she doesn't remember ups the scary factor a bit, which makes suspense even higher for me.  And Bowen... loved him.  I didn't start out that way.. he had to grow on me, but he sure did.  This guy was so loving to her, and so determined to protect her... who wouldn't have their heart melt for a guy like that.

The final scene in the book was so amazing.  I gasped and read as quickly as I possibly could.  It was very Christian-persecution a la ancient Rome, and it had me on the edge of my seat.  I can't really reveal more than that without giving away some pivotal information. The entire last third of this book was just amazing and had me pulling my hair out in suspense.

It seems that some reviewers have really been hard on this book, and after reading their reviews, I have to wonder if they were reading the same book as me, because I loved this book!  It was amazing.  I can't wait until the next installment.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Real by Katy Evans

Real by Katy Evans
Release Date: April 8, 2013

A fallen boxer.  A woman with a broken dream.  A competition…  He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…  Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.  He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .  But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.  I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.  If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?  -

Omigosh!  So effing hot.  When I first started reading this story, my first thought that was that this was a total ripoff on Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.  But it didn't take long for me to see that this book was completely different, the struggles different, the emotional journeys different, and the people were different.  I absolutely loved everything about this story from the very first page until the very last.

The characters were amazing... and I'm not just talking about Remington and Brooke.  Even the secondary characters were amazing, so well developed, and so endearing.  I loved the entire cast, but I definitely had a soft spot for Remington.  A sexy, sexy, bad boy bf with some um, emotion problems, shall we say.  I don't want to say what it is because I don't want to ruin it for anyone.  But you just had to love him.  I think he's even better than Travis Maddox because he's more grown up, and so is the heroine.

Brooke was smart.  This is a girl who has overcome, knows what she wants and is going after it.  She's also brave and will sacrifice herself for people she cares about.  I loved the interactions between these two characters so much.  The romance was a slowly developing ride that was interesting and gratifying. 

I am so happy to hear that there is a sequel to this story, because I dearly loved this one so much and am dying to read the second installment, although this one stood on its own.  I hadn't previously heard of this author, but I will definitely be looking out for additional books by her.  I loved this!  It was perfect!


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

 Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

 Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week! 

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