Monday, May 2, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #256, May 2nd

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date 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:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #255
Teaser Tuesday #263
WWW Wednesday #263
WOW #260
Will the Time Come #256
Third Sentence Thursday #246
Random Reads #231
First Lines Friday #250
The Reward Challenge Update #241
Follow Friday #233
How Well I Stuck to It #85
Wrote that Review Update #90
Show the Books Showcase #8

Week 18 Reviews:
Hard Fall
Bad Break
Tristan's Escape
Rogue Belador
Hit
Strike
What's Broken Between Us
Oblivion
A Bite to Remember
Fire Bound

Tours:
Last Light: Review
Origin of the Sphinx, Curse of the Sphinx, Demigods and Monsters: Reviews

Random:
Alexis Bass Author Page
We Have the Title of Lords of the Underworld #13!!!
We Have the Cover of Chronicles of Nick #8!!!!

OK, so I got  posts in 7 days, What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Change Places With Me, How it Feels to Fly, Red Velvet Crush, A Season for Fireflies, UnpluggedWe Were Never Here, and Winning.

From Lois Metzger, acclaimed author of A Trick of the Light, comes a work of speculative fiction set in the near future about a teen girl who finds a new, mysterious perspective on her life.

Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. Her hair and her clothes all feel brand-new. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There is no more sadness in her life; she is bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because, until very recently, Rose was an entirely different person—a person who is still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

A bold and original work of speculative fiction set in a familiar future, Lois Metzger’s latest novel is a profoundly authentic and heartbreaking tale of the things we keep locked away inside us, even from ourselves.
The movement is all that matters.

For as long as Samantha can remember, she’s wanted to be a professional ballerina. She’s lived for perfect pirouettes, sky-high extensions, and soaring leaps across the stage. Then her body betrayed her.

The change was gradual. Stealthy.

Failed diets. Disapproving looks. Whispers behind her back. The result: crippling anxiety about her appearance, which threatens to crush her dancing dreams entirely. On her dance teacher’s recommendation, Sam is sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes who are struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. If she can make progress, she’ll be allowed to attend a crucial ballet intensive. But when asked to open up about her deepest insecurities, secret behaviors, and paralyzing fears to complete strangers, Sam can’t cope.

What I really need is a whole new body.

Sam forms an unlikely bond with Andrew, a former college football player who’s one of her camp counselors. As they grow closer, Andrew helps Sam see herself as he does—beautiful. But just as she starts to believe that there’s more between them than friendship, disappointing news from home sends her into a tailspin. With her future uncertain and her body against her, will Sam give in to the anxiety that imprisons her?
Rock music, a broken family, challenging sisters, and the crush of first love—Red Velvet Crush has everything you need in a summer read. For fans of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Eleanor & Park, and This Song Will Save Your Life.

Teddy Lee’s mother ran off when she was in second grade. And ever since, Teddy Lee, the often-overshadowed middle kid, has tried to keep her family together. But her older brother Winston usually keeps himself busy with smoking, drinking, and girls, and who knows what else. Her younger sister Billie is occupied with her shoplifting habit and boys . . . and who knows what else. So when Teddy Lee finally takes the songs she’s always written and forms a band, maybe it’ll bring everyone closer together, maybe it’ll be her time to shine. Unless Billie steals the spotlight—and the boy—just like she always does. Christina Meredith explores the complicated relationship of sisters—both the unconditional love and the unavoidable resentments—in a novel full of music, urgency, the first blushes of love, and the undeniable excitement of hitting the road.
A story of second chances from the author of Between Us and the Moon, which Kirkus Reviews called “what first love is meant to be.”

A year ago, Penny Berne was the star of her high school’s theater department, surrounded by a group of misfit friends and falling in love for the first time. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, her new best friend is the most popular girl in school, and her first love, Wes, ignores her. Penny is revered and hated. Then, in a flash, a near-fatal lightning strike leaves Penny with no memory of the past year—or how she went from drama nerd to queen bee.

As a record number of fireflies light up her town and her life, Penny realizes she may be able to make things right again—and that even if she can’t change the past, she can learn to see the magic where she never could before.

This captivating new novel about first love, second chances, and the power of memory is perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall and Katie Cotugno’s How to Love.
The first book in a provocative new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas—Feed for a new generation.

Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.

Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.

But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.

In the tradition of M. T. Anderson’s Feed and Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies, Unplugged kicks off a thrilling and timely sci-fi series for teens from an award-winning writer.
In this exquisitely written and emotionally charged young adult debut, Jennifer Gilmore explores how sometimes the wounds you can’t see are the most painful.

Did you know your entire life can change in an instant?

For sixteen-year-old Lizzie Stoller that moment is when she collapses out of the blue. The next thing she knows, she’s in a hospital with an illness she’s never heard of.

But that isn’t the only life-changing moment for Lizzie. The other is when Connor and his dog, Verlaine, walk into her hospital room. Lizzie has never connected with anyone the way she does with the handsome teenage volunteer. However, the more time she spends with him and the deeper in love she falls, the more she realizes that Connor has secrets and a deep pain of his own . . . and that while being with him has the power to make Lizzie forget about her illness, being with her might tear Connor apart.
House of Cards meets Election in this wickedly entertaining story about an uber-ambitious high school junior.

Whoever said being nice would get you to the top?

Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official.

Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.

With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she devises her most devious plot yet. She’ll introduce an unexpected third competitor in the mix, one whose meteoric rise—and devastating fall—will destroy Erin’s chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong? 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wrote that Review Update #90, May 1st

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 writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for ,  so I have  of  reviews written! My reward is !

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #85, May 1st

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 18:
Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh, What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: NA.

Edelweiss: 2. Check.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: NA.

Another 2 book week! Honestly, these are just a few titles that are ARC's, that I'm scheduling ahead of time, but not enough of them! But I'm going to read more then these! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Week 18 Review: Fire Bound

From Goodreads:
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sea Haven novels returns to the circle of the six sisters of the heart, bound by the elements—and to one who possesses the power to inflame the most dangerous passions of all.

Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa's real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.

Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit—something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned. 

My Review:
Loved reading this book! Another amazing Christine Feehan book with characters that I loved getting to know! We learned a bit about Lissa in Earth Bound, but this was her story, and Casmir, and yeah, I just thoroughly enjoyed them!

The cover! Oh, I like the cover, but I wish that it had some fire in it! Sure it's red, but that's not fire, and that's her element, and it breaks the pattern of the series covers! There could've been candles, or her chandelier could've been pictured more prominently. It just is a little disappointing that fire is missing to my eye!

There were a ton of twists! Like what her uncle did, and his bodyguard. And when we were in the bad guy's POV, that was hard to read, they were pretty vile, and thought horrible things about women. But they got what was coming to them!

Oh, the feels! The good and the bad, but I want to focus on the good! The suprise wedding that he planned! That his brother, Viktor, was able to be there! That he married Blythe, and then went deep under cover for 5 years, and hasn't let her know he was all right? Oh, yeah, that was a really great feeling, and I was beaming reading that scene!

One thing that I thought was really great, was the build up for Forever Bound and the 3rd Sea Haven series. One that I'm really excited about, because that means we get more time with all these characters that we've been getting to know and love, from Sisters of the Heart and Drake Sisters!

One thing I'm wondering about, is the direction of this series, and the next, because the two main bad guys since the beginning-the Sorbacov's are dead now. Well, there is Evan Shackler-Gratdsos and his biker gang which fits with biker gang series! I can't wait to read those books!

So fantastic to read this book, and I can't wait for more!

Author: Christine Feehan
Series: Sisters of the Heart #5
Read: April 29th, 2016
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Love her books, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Jove
Published: April 26th 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 18 Review: A Bite to Remember

From Goodreads:
Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won't be there for you when the sun comes up.
Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn't going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she's ever met, living or dead, but she's here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him.

Rule #2: Never kiss a vampire...it can be a pain in the neck.

Okay, so Vincent's had four hundred years to perfect his kissing skills, and he does look rather tempting when he runs around the house shirtless. He's also charming, protective...did we mention he can kiss? Jackie needs to be on her guard, or else she'll have to come up with a new rule: If you're going to fall in love with a vampire, make sure it's a bite to remember.

My Review:


Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #5
Read: April 28th, 2016
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Loving this series and her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book!
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published: June 27th 2006
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 18 Review: Oblivion

From Goodreads:
Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it. 

And trouble's the last thing I need, since I'm not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there's one thing I know, it’s that humans can't be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. 'Cuz they are. 

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I'm the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game. 

Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that's one thing I'll never let happen...

My Review:
I absolutely loved reading this book! I mean, I loved the whole series and I love Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing so yeah, I knew that I would love this book, but I didn't expect how much because her books just keep getting better!

Ive read this series more than once. And even the synopsis gives away that Daemon was Luxen. Bu still I didn't think of what that would mean to the story when Katy didn't know that, to consider his POV. So like the stolen car keys thing, I didn't consider at the very least that he didn't need a car to get around, or that Dee hadn't taken them in the first place. It was things like that that made me need to read more!

Watching Daemon fall in love, hat was really sweet. We knew his reasons why he acted like he did, but that was t seeing his thoughts in real time. So yeah, that was just incredible to read and I just absolutely loved it!

I really enjoyed that last scene in this book, because it meant that we got more of this world! Which is always a good thing! But oh, that Luc had known that they all wouldn't get out of Mount Weather but that it was part of his plan so they could bring him the new serum for Nadine. Oh, that revelation hurt!

Loved reading this book, it was absolutely great, I enjoyed it so much and I can't wait to read more Jennifer L. Armentrout books!

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1.5
Read: April 27th, 2016
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Sounded great, love her books, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: December 1st 2015
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 18 Review: What's Broken Between Us

From Goodreads:
Alexis Bass's heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive, perfect for fans of Gayle Forman and of Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything.

A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart's brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he's coming home from prison.

Amanda's been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother's recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he's a monster. Still, she loves him. It's her dark secret, until she starts getting close to Henry again--whose sister is paralyzed from the accident. 

A year and a half ago, her brother destroyed his life. Now Amanda has to decide if she'll let his choice destroy hers.

My Review:


Author: Alexis Bass
Read: April 26th, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2016 Book and a Sophomore Challenge Book!
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: December 29th 2015
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 18 Reviews: Hit, Strike


From Goodreads:
NO ONE READS THE FINE PRINT.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.

Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy's past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren't strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy's list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.

From Goodreads:
The hit list was just the beginning.

Time to strike back.

After faking her own death to escape her term as an indentured assassin for Valor Savings Bank, Patsy is on the run with her boyfriend, Wyatt. All she wants to do is go home, but that's never going to happen—not as long as Valor's out to get her and the people she loves.

Left with no good choices, Patsy's only option is to meet with a mysterious group that calls itself the Citizens for Freedom.

Led by the charismatic Leon Crane, the CFF seem like just what Patsy has been looking for. Leon promises that if she joins, she'll finally get revenge on Valor for everything they've done to her—and for everything they've made her do.

But Patsy knows the CFF has a few secrets of their own. One thing is certain: they'll do absolutely anything to complete their mission, no matter who’s standing in their way. Even if it's Patsy herself.

My Review:


Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Hit #1, 2
Read: April 25th, 26th, 2016
Source: Bought, Publisher for Review
Reason Why: Sounded really awesome, and they're 2016 Dystopia Books, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books and Hit is a Sophomore Challenge Book!
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: April 4th 2015, April 12th 2016

Hit:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Strike:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 18 Reviews: Tristan's Escape, Rogue Belador


From Goodreads:
TRISTAN'S ESCAPE is a Novella from the Belador paranormal series from New York Times bestseller Dianna Love. 

Holidays rate just above Tristan having his fingernails ripped off. He was a fool once over a woman, a human no less, and that little moment of insanity got him imprisoned for four long years. He's never had someone special to share s with and doubts he ever will, but December does matter to the other half-blood-Belador Alterants stuck alongside him on Treoir Island. To help his friends, Tristan has been secretly teleporting them to Atlanta for short visits. Sure, the Belador goddess warned him not to teleport in and out of Treoir's hidden realm without her permission, but she ranks below holidays for Tristan. Screw her. His secret trips are going great until Elaine "Mac" Mackenzie, the five-foot-six, red-haired genius Tristan vowed to pay back for the four years he lost, steps between Tristan and a powerful sorcerer with a deadly agenda. If Tristan exposes his preternatural abilities in the human world, he'll forfeit his freedom forever.

Saving her may destroy his world, but once he has Mac back in his arms, no one else is going to touch her.

From Goodreads:
Immortals fear little … except a secret in the wrong hands.  

While searching for a way to save Brina of Treoir's failing memories, Tzader Burke discovers someone who can help her if Tzader is willing to sneak into the heart of his enemy’s stronghold—TÅμr Medb. He’ll do anything to protect the woman he loves from becoming a mindless empty shell, but his decision could be the catalyst for an apocalyptic war.  The deeper he digs for the truth, the more lies he uncovers that shake the very foundation of being a Belador and the future of his clan. 

Tzader's ready to execute his mission.  Alone.  But the minute his best friends Quinn and Evalle, plus her Skinwalker mate Storm, find out about his suicidal plan they organize a black ops team around him. While battling on every front, one secret surfaces that two immortal powers have spent thousands of years keeping buried.  Tzader and his team have no choice but to fight for what they believe in, because the world as they know it is never going to be the same again.

My Review:


Author: Dianna Love
Series: Belador #6.5, 7
Read: April 24th, 25th, 2016
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Love her books and this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books!
Publisher: Silver Hawk Press LLC
Published: December 15th 2015, April 12th 2016

Tristan's Escape:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Rogue Belador:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 18 Reviews: Hard Fall, Bad Break


From Goodreads:
59 days ago FBI Special Agent Lucy Guardino had a perfect life…and almost lost it all.

There comes a time in every hero’s life when they fall harder and father than ever before and they face a choice that changes everything: to give up or claw their way back again. Lucy thought she'd made her choice two months ago when she sacrificed everything to save her family, but now she has to decide whether or not she can save herself…

When honor, duty, and family collide…who would you save?

From Goodreads:
Vacations can be deadly… 

NEW! From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons: 

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Lucy Guardino is ready for a well-deserved break from chasing the worst of the worst. She's hunted serial killers, violent child predators, and vicious psychopaths but nothing has prepared her for spring break alone with her teenaged daughter in a secluded beach resort in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. 

When Megan befriends a local boy who is accused of a brutal crime, it's up to Lucy to soothe the ruffled egos of the well intentioned but ill equipped local police, prevent Megan from playing amateur sleuth, and track a cunning killer before Megan or her friend become the next victim. 

BAD BREAK is the sixth novel in the Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers series. If you enjoy captivating suspense, intelligent storytelling, strong and vulnerable characters, and a freight-train pace, then you'll love this adrenaline rush of a heart-pounding thriller. 

My Review:


Author: C.J. Lyons
Series: Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers #4, 4.5
Read: April 23rd, 23rd, 2016
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: I got the first book in the spin off series for a Review Tour, and I had to read these books first! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books! And Bad Break is a End of Series 2016 Book!
Publisher: Edgy Books
Published: September 6th 2014, July 9th 2015

Hard Fall:
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars









Bad Break:
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars