Monday, December 22, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #185, December 22nd

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #184
Teaser Tuesday #192
WWW Wednesday #192
WOW #189
Will the Time Come #185
Third Sentence Thursday #175
Random Reads #161
First Lines Friday #181
The Reward Challenge Update #170
Follow Friday #163
How Well I Stuck to It #14
Wrote that Review Update #19

Week 51 Reviews:
Death Sworn
Death Marked
The Fall
Unbreakable
Eternal
Fan Art
Bridge of Snow
The Winner's Curse
Midsummer's Knight
A Dark Champion
Polaris
The Gospel of Winter
Exquisite Captive
Vivian Divine Is Dead

Tours:
Daughter of the Fallen: Review
Pieces of Revenge: Review
Beautiful Collision: Review

Write on Review-a-Thon:
Update 1
Update 2
Update 3
Update 4
Update 5
Update 6
Update 7
Update 8
Update 9
Update 10
Update 11
Update 12
Update 13
Update 14
Update 15
Update 16
Update 17
Update 18
Update 19
Update 20 and Wrap Up

Random:
We Have the Title of Charley Davidson #9!!!!
We Have the Title of The Young Elites #2!!!!

OK, so I got 47 posts in 7 days, and yeah, it was a pretty good week, though I wish I could've done more! But Christmas this week, yeah! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read whatever catches my fancy of the books that I have posts scheduled for the 27th, seeing as I have no tour reviews this week, and it's Christmas! So many books, so little time!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 20 and Wrap Up

So I wrote my last review, Taming the Highlander, and yeah, I didn't know if I'd make it, but I did, so yeah, glad for that! And yeah, good ending to it all! 



Goals: 20
Reviews: 20

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 19

So I wrote my next review, The Darkest Touch, and I'll be reviewing Taming the Highlander. 



Goals: 20
Reviews: 19

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 18

So I wrote my next review, The Witch With No Name and Sudden Backtrack, and I'll be reviewing The Darkest Touch. 



Goals: 20
Reviews: 18

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 17

So I wrote my next review, The Undead Pool, and I'll be reviewing The Witch With No Name and Sudden Backtrack. 


Goals: 20
Reviews: 17

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 16

So I wrote my next review, Ever After, and I'll be reviewing The Undead Pool. 


Goals: 20
Reviews: 16

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 15

So I wrote my next review, Ever After, and I'll be reviewing Ever After. 


Goals: 20
Reviews: 15

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 14

So I wrote my next review, Into the Woods and Trouble on Reserve, and I'll be reviewing Ever After. 


Goals: 20
Reviews: 14

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 13

So I wrote my next review, Pale Demon and A Perfect Blood, and I'll be reviewing Into the Woods and Trouble on Reserve. 


Goals: 20
Reviews: 13

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 12

So I wrote my next review, Pale Demon and A Perfect Blood, and I'll be reviewing Pale Demon and A Perfect Blood. 


Goals: 20
Reviews: 12

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 11

So I wrote my next review, Vivian Divine Is Dead, and I'll be reviewing Pale Demon and A Perfect Blood. 


Goals: 20
Reviews: 11

We Have the Title of The Young Elites #2!!!!

Yeah, we have the title of the 2nd book in the series by Marie Lu! Yeah!

We Have the Title of Charley Davidson #9!!!!

Yeah, we have the title of the 9th book in this series, even if the 8th book doesn't come out till May!

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 10

So I wrote my next review, Exquisite Captive, and I'll be reviewing Vivian Divine Is Dead. 



Goals: 20
Reviews: 10

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 9

So I wrote my next review, The Gospel of Winter, and I'll be reviewing Exquisite Captive. 



Goals: 20
Reviews: 9

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 8

So I wrote my next review, Polaris, and I'll be reviewing The Gospel of Winter. 


Goals: 20
Reviews: 8

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 7

So I wrote my next review, A Dark Champion, and I'll be reviewing Polaris. 


Goals: 20
Reviews: 7

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 6

So I wrote my next review, Midsummer's Knight and A Dark Champion, and I'll be reviewing A Dark Champion. 



Goals: 20
Reviews: 6

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 5

So I wrote my next review, Bridge of Snow and The Winner's Curse, and I'll be reviewing Midsummer's Knight and A Dark Champion. 



Goals: 20
Reviews: 5

Wrote that Review Update #19

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is 25 to 1, and I motivated myself to write my review for Daughter of the Fallen, Pieces of Revenge, Beautiful Collision, Death Marked, Death Sworn, The Fall, Unbreakable, Eternal, Fan Art, so I have 10 of 25 reviews written! And another week I don't get a reward.

And this week, I want to review Week 50 and 51, November 2013, March 2012, and any rereads of the above, and maybe other books in the series!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #14, December 21st

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 52:
Saturday: Nothing planned
Sunday: Nothing planned
Monday: Nothing planned
Tuesday: Nothing planned
Wednesday: Nothing planned
Thursday: (Christmas!) Nothing planned
Friday: Nothing planned

Tour Books: NA. Check.

Review Books: NA. Check.

NetGalley: NA. Check.

Edelweiss: NA. Check.

Meme Books: NA. Check.

Rereads: NA. Check.

New Books: NA. Check.

So another free week, for the pretty much the end of the year, just free to read whatever books are currently scheduled to post on the 27th!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 4

So I wrote my next review, Fan Art, and I'll be reviewing Bridge of Snow and The Winner's Curse. 



Goals: 20
Reviews: 4

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 3

So I wrote my next review, Unbreakable and Eternal, and I'll be reviewing Fan Art. So that took longer then I wanted, because we left right after I posted, but I'm back, and hope for more reviews today! 



Goals: 20
Reviews: 3

Week 51 Review: Vivian Divine Is Dead

From Goodreads:
Filled with surprising twists and poignant moments, Lauren Sabel brings a fresh new voice to contemporary fiction with Vivian Divine Is Dead. Creepy, clever, funny, and romantic.

When a death threat arrives with teen celebrity Vivian Divine's fan mail, Vivian has no choice but to go on the run to Mexico. She soon discovers, though, that her Oscar-nominated performance killing villains on-screen did nothing to prepare her for escaping a madman in real life. Some people say he's a hero, others tremble in his presence, but one thing is clear: he won't stop until Vivian is in his grasp. Why didn't she pay more attention during those judo lessons for her role in Zombie Killer?

Vivian finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick. He is everything Hollywood boys are not-genuine, kind, and determined to see Vivian for who she really is. But even he seems like he can't be trusted-what could he be hiding?

Beat up, hungry, and more confused than ever about who she's running from, Vivian is living in a real-life blockbuster horror flick. But there's no option to yell "cut" like there is on set....

Lauren Sabel's Vivian Divine Is Dead is a creepy, witty, fast-paced adventure about family, fame, and having the courage to save yourself.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book so much! Really enjoyed that we got to see Mexico in this book, which is something that we usually don't get to-I mean, I've been to Mexico once, but that was for the 2000 celebration, and I was 4 1/2, so I don't remember anything besides those small cereal boxes!

And then there's the Day of the Dead festival, which an image of that is on the cover, which was pretty nice! I mean, I took Spanish for a term, and that was something that we learned about, though again, I don't remember-I barely remember what happened last week besides the fact that I finished off the Hollows series!

Enjoyed the mystery in this book, I mean, she was so close, so many times, to being told the truth, but since Pierre had just cheated on her, she thought it was about that, not about something else, and when you look at the lens that her bodyguard was not nice, things make a lot more sense!

One thing, that makes me want a sequel, is the fate of Nick. We don't know if he's OK or not, and yeah, we need to know! He was a pretty important person in this book after all! So yeah, I would really love it if there was a sequel!

Favourite lines: "

Such a great book, really enjoyed it a lot!

Author: Lauren Sabel
Read: December 19th, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded good, and it's a DAC Book and a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: June 3rd 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 51 Review: Exquisite Captive

From Goodreads:
Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself. 

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She'd give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There's just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book so much! It was interesting, and the foreign quality to it, that evokes a slower world, of deeper thought, and a hot, humid atmosphere, one that the slower songs like to get, that kind of beat you want to sway to, you know?

I almost thought something was going to happen between Nalia and Raif. But then Nalia compares her experiences with the guys, she says that in one kiss with Raif, the feelings were more then all of the kisses between her and Malek, so yeah, Raif is her guy! Which just makes the ending all the more harder!

The one thing I didn't like? That almost everything about Arijanna was described as "sweet." In less then 50 pages, there were 4 mentions of that that I found, once I started noticing it, and yeah, while a small thing, it rubbed me wrong! Mostly because they implied that Earth's equivalent wasn't as good!

Yeah, that ending was pretty explosive! That he had killed her friend and used her image as a diversion, that was sad. That she almost died, but Raif brought her back, but while she was in that in between space, that Malek tried to summon her but it didn't work. And when they were taking the slave bracelets off, I just wanted them to hurry-because I knew something bad would happen!

Favourite lines:

Yeah, really enjoyed this book, and it ended where we wan't the second book now! Though I'm wondering why the series is called the Dark Caravan, seeing as it wasn't a very important part of this story! Could mean that the next 2 books have more detail in it! You never know!

Author: Heather Demetrios
Series: Dark Caravan #1
Read: December 19th, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded good! And it's a DAC Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: October 7th, 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 51 Review: The Gospel of Winter

From Goodreads:
A fearless debut novel about the restorative power of truth and love after the trauma of abuse.

As sixteen-year-old Aidan Donovan’s fractured family disintegrates around him, he searches for solace in a few bumps of Adderall, his father’s wet bar, and the attentions of his local priest, Father Greg—the only adult who actually listens to him.

When Christmas hits, Aidan's world collapses in a crisis of trust when he recognizes the darkness of Father Greg's affections. He turns to a crew of new friends to help make sense of his life: Josie, the girl he just might love; Sophie, who’s a little wild; and Mark, the charismatic swim team captain whose own secret agonies converge with Aidan's.

The Gospel of Winter maps the ways love can be used as a weapon against the innocent—but can also, in the right hands, restore hope and even faith. Brendan Kiely's unflinching and courageous debut novel exposes the damage from the secrets we keep and proves that in truth, there is power. And real love. 

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book! And yeah, it took me a while, till Mark said something about the start of 2002, that I realized that this took place at the end of 2001, and the start of 2002, and yeah, that was pretty good! And I think the Catholic scandal happened, too, around then!

At one point, Father Dooley says that Father Greg is a good man, but with a sickness. And I'm thinking, well, at what point does the bad things that he does, make him a bad man, who does some good things? Because he's getting to that point!

I did feel like that Josie and Sophie weren't really developed, I mean, they're supposed to be his friends, but we hardly know anything about them. We know more about Mark, because yeah, like it says, he has been through a situation like Aidan. So that wasn't fun, but other then that, I enjoyed most of it!

So the ending, I like most of where it ended, that they were going to tell people the truth about what Father Greg did. But what I want to know, is if Mark is going to be OK. I mean, we know he's going to get better, but a good sign would've been nice!

Yeah, this was a pretty great book, and I enjoyed it so much! Great d├ębut novel!

Author: Brendan Kiely
Read: December 18th, 2014
Source: Publisher for Review
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a DAC Book and a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: January 21st 2014
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 51 Review: Polaris

From Goodreads:
Following the events of Avalon, Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. Jeth is desperate to find the resources and funding he needs to rescue his mother from an ITA’s research lab and leave this whole galaxy behind for a new life somewhere else. But the ITA is just as desperate, and soon Jeth finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing Jeth and his crew—dead or alive. In a last-ditch effort to save everyone he holds dear, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he'd see again: Dax Shepherd, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. And he’s not the only one: upon arriving back at Peltraz spaceport for the first time since he witnessed the death of his old employer, Jeth discovers Dax has a new partner: Jeth’s mother, Marian.

This shocking turn of events is only the first in another breathless, action-packed sci-fi adventure rife with danger, love, and betrayal, as Jeth has to once again ask himself how much he’s willing to invest in a morally bankrupt galaxy in the hopes of saving those he cares for.

My Review:
Oh, I enjoyed this book so much! It took what I expected, and then went way beyond that! Mostly because I didn't read the synopsis, which mentions his mom. Needless to say, the rescuing of her, isn't what this book is about, because yeah, it happens way different then expected!

And Trouble's in this book, the girl from Proxy, who almost got Jeth caught when stealing the gem. And yeah, her history, is a pretty important part of this book, because of her actions because of said past, and the results of those actions!

The reason main reason for me, why it's called Polaris? Because that's the name of Trouble-Aileen is her real name-ship, that is the same class as Avalon, which is kinda a good thing, seeing as *gasp of shock* Avalon is destroyed! So the Polaris is a pretty good replacement!

So there's a new bad guy, one that is more dangerous, because he thinks that he's in the right, and that's the worse kind of enemy, because they have the conviction. And yeah, his actions are pretty heinous.

Favourite lines:

Where it ends, it's a pretty great place, and I wish that Aileen had stayed with them, they could've helped there! But a pretty great place! Really enjoyed it so much!

Author: Mindee Arnett
Series: Avalon #2
Read: December 17th, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Loved Proxy and Avalon, couldn't wait to read this! And it's a 2014 Dystopia Book, End of Series 2014 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Expected Publication: January 20th 2015s
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 51 Reviews: Midsummer's Knight, A Dark Champion


From Goodreads:
Dear Avon Books,

Where are my heroes? Whenever I'm reading a book by one of my favorite authors I find I'm falling for the wrong guy -- not the hero, but the other man -- and what I really want is for him to have his own story.

Like Jake Linley, from Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas… that doctor could sit by my bedside if I ever got sick. And Ned Blydon in Splendid by Julia Quinn...he makes me want to learn to waltz! I never thought living in a drafty castle would be much fun until Simon of Ravenswood in Master of Desire by Kinley MacGregor came along.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that these are my men -- when do they get their stories?

Sincerely,
A Romance Fan

From Goodreads:
Fearless men, their allegiance is to one another, to the oppressed, and to the secret society known as the Brotherhood of the Sword—and they must never surrender to the passionate yearnings of their noble hearts.

A Lady of Love

Beautiful, peace-loving Rowena knows that Stryder of Blackmoor is a warrior, and is therefore a man to be shunned.

But something burns in the eyes of this powerful knight that she has never seen in others of his kind: a tenderness, and a need to love and be loved. Yet to enter his world would be madness—against every principle by which she has lived her life—so she must resist the yearning that would draw her into his arms.

A Man of War

Duty bound to battle for right, Stryder has never desired the comforts of home and hearth—until he gazed upon the exquisite face and form of the incomparable Rowena. He dares not succumb to her sensuous charms, for Stryder is a man sworn to know no love. But when treachery and danger threaten, the noble knight must stand as the unsuspecting lady's champion—though his actions could cost him his honor, his heart. . . and his forbidden dream of happiness.

My first review of Midsummer's Knight, A Dark Champion
My Review:
I am really enjoying reading this series in order! It's just so good! And things are making a whole lot more sense! Especially since I read Midsummer's Knight before A Dark Champion! Seeing as it happens before!

I just loved the relationships, they are just so good! They worked so well together, Simon and Kenna, Stryder and Rowena, they're both such couples! I just wanted to know more about them, like why Simon thinks that he's just a ghost, and more about the family curse of the Blackmoor, seeing as he's not a Blackmoor in the first place!

I had forgotten that Kit was Styrder's brother, and the revelation that he's his full brother, that Stryder really isn't a Blackmoor, but then the thing I'm thinking about is, how are they connected to the brother that kicked Kit out?

The whole thing with Elizabeth, and Kit, being assassins? That Kit was the one that Stryder thought was dead? That was just so not fun for them to find out! And that they are adopting the son who already thinks Stryder is his dad? So cute! And the scene where they go to kill Strdyer because he had said previously that he'd rather be dead then married! So cute!

Really enjoyed both of these so much, so good!

Author: Kinley MacGregor
Series: MacAllister/Brotherhood of the Sword #4.5, 5
First Read: July 5th, 2012, July 28th, 2012
Read: December 16th, 2014
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Historical Fiction 2014 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Avon
Published: October 13th 2009, April 27th 2004

Midsummer's Knight:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books

5/5 Stars








A Dark Champion:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books

5/5 Stars


Week 51 Reviews: Bridge of Snow, The Winner's Curse


From Goodreads: 
Ignore the stirrings of war. Let the carriage to a royal ball wait. There is a story to be told: of a starless night, a mother and her sick son, and a mortal who falls in love with the snow god, and will do anything to have her...

From Goodreads:
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. 

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. 

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

My Review:
So when I was reading these, I had no idea that they were written by the same author that wrote The Shadow Society. So yeah, that was a nice tidbit to find out! And yeah, it retroactively adds more "loved it" to these!

So I really enjoyed this world, from the story Arin's mom told him, to the fact that while Kestrel's country has conquered Arin's, that there's slavery and all, which is bad, but by the ending, things are changing! So yeah, that was good!

And the whole idea about the winner's curse, someone paying more than it's worth, and regretting it, basically, that whole thing, and that Kestrel's curse is in buying Arin, yeah, that is a bit shiver inducing bad. But again, it all works out pretty well!

You can really feel bad for the both of them, they're living in this world that isn't good for either of them, Kestrel can't walk by herself since she's a woman, and the only way she could would to join the army, like her being trained all her life wasn't enough. And Arin, yeah, slavery of his country? Nuff said.

Favourite lines from The Winner's Curse:

Really enjoyed both of these so much, and yeah, I can't wait for The Winner's Crime!

Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy
Read: December 16th, 16th, 2014
Source: Free, Tuebl/Bought
Reason Why: Sound good, and they're Historical Fiction 2014 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books!
Publisher: Tor Books,  Farrar Straus Giroux
Published: January 28th 2014, March 4th 2014

Bridge of Snow:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
4/5 Stars










The Winner's Curse:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars