Monday, October 23, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #333, October 23rd

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 #332
Teaser Tuesday #340
WWW Wednesday #340
WOW #337
Will the Time Come #331
Third Sentence Thursday #322
Random Reads #308
First Lines Friday #336
The Reward Challenge Update #318
Follow Friday #310
LLFL Reading Challenge Update 67
How Well I Stuck to It #162
Wrote that Review Update #167

Week 42 Reviews:
Knocked Up By Her Best Friend's Dad
House of Furies
Vampire Fight Club
A Promise of Fire
Breath of Fire
Our Broken Pieces
If I Fix You
Fate of Flames
Siege of Shadows
Last Star Burning
Ashes to Ashes
Dust to Dust

Emergency Review-a-Thon :
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Update 110 and Wrap Up

Random:
We Have the Cover of 100 Hours #2!!!!
We Have the Cover of Dreamfall #2!!!!
We Have the Cover of My Lady Janies #2!!!!
We Have the Cover of Onyx & Ivory!!!!
We Have the Cover of Contagion #1!!!!
We Have the Cover of Steam Riders #1!!!!
We Have the Cover of Heart of Thorns #1!!!!
We Have the Cover of Now You See Her!!!!
We Have the Cover of Nine!!!!
We Have the Cover of The Lies They Tell!!!
10,000th Post!!!!
Mackenzi Lee Author Page

OK, so I got 57 posts in 7 days, and yeah, a lot happened, like I caught up with my reviews, and I read, and some awesome cover reveals! So yeah, I'm happy with this week and I can't wait for this next one! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Between the Blade and the Heart, A Conspiracy of Stars, Everless, The Final Six, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Heart of Iron, Honor Among Thieves, Love is the Drug, The Queen's Rising, Tess of the Road, and A Treacherous Curse.

Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she's also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin's ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.
Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle's exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N'Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.

But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N'Terra should be run, and he's influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.

With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she's been taught, the science she's lived by, and the truth about her family.
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one's own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings' palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she's caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she'd never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
Set in the near future, this action-packed YA novel—already optioned by Sony—will take readers out of their world and on a quest to become one of six teens sent on a mission to Jupiter's moon.

When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.

For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter's moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he's been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what's at risk.

As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it's only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.
 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s in this hilarious and swashbuckling stand-alone teen historical fiction novel.

A young bisexual British lord who embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush stars. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee.

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty's reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.
An action-packed tale full of romance, royalty, and adventure, inspired by the story of Anastasia. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows, Cinder, and the cult classic television show Firefly.

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana's desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn't care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana's past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?
Meet your new favorite kickass heroine in this daring YA series by New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre, a thrilling yet romantic futuristic adventure perfect for fans of Claudia Gray's A Thousand Pieces of You.

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that's made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn't much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she's headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth's dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she's assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna's greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she's tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.
Members of an Egyptian expedition fall victim to an ancient mummy's curse in a thrilling Veronica Speedwell novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries.

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can't resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker's past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything. . .

Mackenzi Lee Author Page

The Story: I saw This Monstrous Thing on Edelweiss, and it sounded really good, so I decided to read it! And it was fantastic, and I can't wait to read more of her books!

Website

Series: Guide.

Guide: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue and her site, my review, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and her site.

Stand Alone's: This Monstrous Thing and her site, my review.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Wrote that Review Update #167, October 22nd

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 Knocked Up By Her Best Friend's Dad, House of Furies, Vampire Fight Club, A Promise of Fire and Breath of Fire, Our Broken Pieces, If I Fix You, Fate of Flames and Siege of Shadows,
Last Star Burning, Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust, so I have 9 of 9 reviews written!

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

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #170, October 22nd

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 43:
Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking, A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole, Everless by Sara Holland, The Final Six by Alexandra Monir, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston, Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre, Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross, Tess of the Road by Tess Hartman, A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 3. Check.

Edelweiss: 8. Check.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: NA.

So yeah, this is a pretty awesome week of books, all ARC's, so yeah, I'm happy with it, and I can't wait to read these amazing books!

Week 42:
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon, Lord John and the Haunted Soldier by Diana Gabaldon, The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon, The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon, A Plague of Zombies by Diana Gabaldon, Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley, Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley, House of Furies by Madeleine Roux, Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione

vs.

Knocked Up By Her Best Friend's Dad by Hazel Gower, House of Furies by Madeleine Roux, Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione, A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet, Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet, Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White, If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson, Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley, Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley, Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster, Ashes to Ashes by Melissa Walker, Dust to Dust by Melissa Walker

So I read just a bit more then I was planning on, which I'm really happy with! And this current week is shaping up well thus far! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Week 42 Reviews: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust


From Goodreads:
If I Stay meets the movie Ghost in this first book in a teen duology about a teenage-girl-turned-ghost who must cling to the echoes of her former life to save the people she left behind.

Ashes to Ashes is author Melissa Walker's sweeping, romantic, and emotionally rich story about the things that torment and tempt us, even from the Great Beyond. This book is perfect for fans of Die for Me and Imaginary Girls, and its breathtaking ending will leave readers anxiously awaiting the series conclusion, Dust to Dust.

When Callie's life is cut short by a tragic accident, she expects to find nothingness, or maybe some version of heaven.

Instead, her spirit travels to the Prism, an ethereal plane populated by the ghosts she thought were fictional. Here she meets a striking and mysterious ghost named Thatcher, who is meant to guide her as she learns to haunt and bring peace to the loved ones she left behind.

However, Callie uncovers a dark secret about the spirit world: The angry souls who always populate ghost stories are real, dangerous, and willing to do whatever it takes to stay on Earth, threatening the existence of everyone she ever cared about.


As she fights to save them, Callie will learn that while it may no longer beat, her heart can still love-and break. 

From Goodreads:
Perfect for fans of If I Stay or Imaginary Girls, Dust to Dust is the mysterious, thoughtful, and poignant sequel to Melissa Walker's haunting and heartbreaking novel Ashes to Ashes.

When Callie McPhee miraculously recovers from a tragic accident that should have taken her life, she thought her connection to the ghost world would be severed forever. And that she would never see Thatcher—the ghost she fell in love with in the hereafter—again. But when she receives unexpected signs from Thatcher, she's led down a dark road toward the angry souls who once tried to steal her soul's energy for another chance at life.

Now Callie must prevent the real world and the spirit world from colliding, and that could mean saying good-bye to people she'd never imagined she'd lose.

My Review:
I enjoyed reading these books a lot! They were different from each other-in the first, she's dead and doing her haunting to ensure that her loved ones have accepted her passing. In the second, she's alive and dealing with the poltergeists that she met in the first book, as well as her love, Thatcher! So yeah, different!

The world of the Prism was so interesting! There were ghosts and their journeys, with the prisms to recharge them. Solus which is like Heaven, where they're aiming to go once they finish their journey. It was different and so interesting to read!

From the very beginning, Callie was not a normal ghost. She felt her emotions, she remembered her past clearly, and she had a lot more energy than the others. We find out why, but not till the end of Ashes to Ashes-that she didn't die, but was in a coma. Of course, she's forced to wake up for her own protection.

I wouldn't believe in that adventure if I'd been the one to go through it. But it did happen, and it caused trouble in the Living world. The bad ghosts knew who her friends were, and yeah, they caused a lot of trouble! And made it so that the ending was bittersweet, but it was like, how else could it have ended?

Really sweet, fantastic, sad, and awesome series, these two books were!

Author: Melissa Walker
Series: Ashes #1, 2
Read: October 20th, 20th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike, Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love her writing, and it got Dust to Dust from Edelweiss, so I had to read the both of them! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books, and Dust to Dust is a End of Series 2017 Book, LLFL Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: December 23rd 2013, May 5th 2015

Ashes to Ashes:
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars









Dust to Dust:
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 42 Review: Last Star Burning

From Goodreads:
To escape execution for a crime she didn’t commit, seventeen-year-old Sev is forced to run away from the only home she's ever known in this exciting start to a brand-new fantasy series from debut author Caitlin Sangster.

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That's the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother's body is displayed above Traitor's Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she's more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev's only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can't help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother's crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev's life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance. 

My Review:
This book was so awesome! The world was so fascinating, and I really enjoyed reading about Sev and her life! There was a lot going on, given that she had to run away from the only life she knew because she was falsely accused of bombing the town. Not fun!

Things start off OK, though not the best. To have your mom betray your city, be the reason why people are dying, yeah. The opposite of good. But to branded as a traitor, and be a four star, that is just awful!

The way that the town was set up, espousing equality, it's like, no, people are separated into ranks to "help" the town, that is not equality. And being told that it was all because of a lie, or a series of lies, that's not fun at all!

I really enjoyed her with Howl, because they had lives that, at times, were similar circumstances, but totally different in the way that they were raised. Well, as kids before everything happened. And yeah, they were really interesting together! Which is what made that ending just so evil! I need the next book, I need to know what's going to happen to him, and the rest of the characters!

This book was just so amazing, I enjoyed it so much, and I can't wait for the 2nd book!

Author: Caitlin Sangster
Series: Last Star Burning #1
Read: October 20th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a 2017 Dystopia Book, DAC Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: October 10th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 42 Reviews: Fate of Flames, Siege of Shadows


From Goodreads:
Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world's major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

Until the day that New York City's protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?

From Goodreads:
There's nowhere to hide. 

Not when you're an Effigy. No matter where they go, Maia and the other Effigies can't escape the eyes of the press—especially not after failing to capture Saul, whose power to control the monstrous Phantoms has left the world in a state of panic. It's been two months since Saul's disappearance, and there's still no sign of him, leaving the public to wonder whether the Sect—and the Effigies—are capable of protecting anyone. 

When Saul suddenly surfaces in the middle of the Sahara desert, the Sect sends Maia and her friends out after him. But instead of Saul, they discover a dying soldier engineered with Effigy-like abilities. Even worse, there may be more soldiers like him out there, and it looks like the Effigies are their prime targets. 

Yet the looming danger of Saul and this mysterious new army doesn't overshadow Maia's fear of the Sect, who ordered the death of the previous Fire Effigy, Natalya. With enemies on all sides and the world turning against them, the Effigies have to put their trust in each other—easier said than done when secrets threaten to tear them apart.

My Review:
It was so awesome to read these books! I loved the characters, they were so interesting but with flaws! The world was fascinating, dark, and you'd think things would be over, but no, look, life is going on like it always does elsewhere. It's a weird feeling, in books and in movies!

Maia was a fan of the Effigies. But when she became one, she didn't immediately shout it out to the world. Especially since she's the new Fire Effigy-and her family, including her twin sister, died in a house fire. Which would make anyone hesitant to be around it again!

Being an Effigy isn't what it seemed, though. And since she came in at a time of turmoil with Saul and his powers and story, made things even more chaotic. I didn't like the Sect, or how it was organized. To have a council that seemed to pass down power in families, with no checks and balances of power...I was really distrustful of it!

That ending of Siege of Shadows was just epically evil! Such a cliffhanger, almost literally, because she went off one! That hurt, after everything that had happened, and it was pretty unexpected! So glad that it can't end there!

I enjoyed these books so much, and I can't wait for the 3rd and final book of this trilogy!

Author: Sarah Raughley
Series: Effigies #1, 2
Read: October 19th,
Source: Ebook.bike, Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: November 22nd 2016
Expected Publication: November 21st 2017

Fate of Flames:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Siege of Shadows:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 42 Review: If I Fix You

From Goodreads:
Readers of Sarah Dessen, Cammie McGovern and Morgan Matson will adore this thought-provoking, complex and romantic contemporary novel from debut author Abigail Johnson, about finding the strength to put yourself back together when everything you know has fallen apart.

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker's mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she's gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.

Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don't even talk.

With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don't show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can't fix anyone's life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading this book! I totally didn't expect what happened, the synopsis didn't lean that way, or at least, when it hints towards that, it gives not explanation as to what was to happen! And that was pretty awesome!

Jill escapes her quiet house on her roof. And that's why she meets Daniel when she did, when he and his mom were arguing, and she threw a bottle to stop them, and that broke the window. Opps. Not the easiest ending!

There were three big threads in this book. Her relationship with Daniel, her relationship with Sean, and her relationship with her parents. She used the first as a distraction, venting her problems with the other two. Given that he's 21 and she's going to be turning 17, they couldn't form the relationship that they both wanted, which caused its own problems.

I mean, how often is it that the love interest that the lady picks isn't the one that's mentioned in the synopsis? Well, he is, but as a former interest, given what she believed had happened. Of course, there were some details that she didn't know, so that made things work out! Really enjoyed that!

Really awesome book of having a big change in your life, and moving on from it! Loved it!

Author: Abigail Johnson
Read: October 18th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a DAC Book and a SAC 2017 Book!
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: October 25th 2016
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Week 42 Review: Our Broken Pieces

From Goodreads:
The only thing worse than having your boyfriend dump you is having him dump you for your best friend. For Everly Morgan the betrayal came out of nowhere. One moment she had what seemed like the perfect high school relationship, and the next, she wanted to avoid the two most important people in her life. Every time she sees them kiss in the hallways her heart breaks a little more.

The last thing on Everly's mind is getting into another relationship, but when she meets Gabe in her therapist's waiting room she can't deny their immediate connection. Somehow he seems to understand Everly in a way that no one else in her life does, and maybe it's because Gabe also has experience grappling with issues outside of his control. Just because they share so many of the same interests and there is an undeniable spark between them doesn't mean Everly wants anything more than friendship. After all, when you only barely survived your last breakup, is it really worth risking your heart again?

My Review:
I enjoyed reading this book! I've never been in a relationship, but I could sympathize or empathize (forget the difference and which one I mean, so I'm using both!) with her pain. To be broken up when she wasn't expecting it is hard, let alone finding your now ex-best friend making out with your now ex-boyfriend!

To be honest, I felt it was a bit overdone. It being the gossip and how important one relationship is in the scheme of things. It felt like too much, and that it's not really like that, no matter how popular either member of the relationship is or was. Anyways.

I would have liked an example of Everly's panic attacks. They're the reason why she's going to therapy, and the one scene at the beginning wasn't all that much from an outsider's point of view. Might have been more for Everly, since she was the one experiencing it!

I really enjoyed her relationship with Gabe, how a conversation before therapy led to more, and how they connected over their different, well, broken pieces. It sucks about his sister, and hopefully she'll want to get better! And that invitation made for a fantastic ending!

This was a really great book, and I really enjoyed reading it!

Author: Sarah White
Read: October 17th, 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2017 Book!
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: August 8th 2017
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Week 42 Review: A Promise of Fire, Breath of Fire


From Goodreads:
Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

From Goodreads:
SHE'S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD... 
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT

"Cat" Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat's tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what's a warrior queen to do when she knows it's her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world—for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin risk sacrificing everything they've fought for. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom...or die trying.

My Review:
These books were absolutely amazing! I just devoured them-I started A Promise of Fire around 3:30 am, and finished around 8, then went to sleep, and then read Breath of Fire the same day. I just had to read more! And then I went and looked for Heart of Fire, and requested it on NetGalley! I just want to read more of this epicness!

Gah, Cat and Griffin! They just sparked against each other, and the banter! Goodness! They were like the opposite of the Kelly Clarkson Good Goes the Bye lyric, "It's like we pulled the pin out of a grenade/It just didn't go off right away." It was like they were an explosive that was going off, but then something stabilized them together. Sure, they still have a bumpy road, but they're together now.

Cat has some pretty big secrets about her past. And they come out, bit by bit. But that big one, who her family is, well, that came out in a big way in the beginning of Breath of Fire. I almost thought it was a dream, that things weren't going so badly, that it wasn't real. Thankfully, it all worked out!

That ending! They are well on the way to becoming the King and Queen of the continent, that she's the Harbinger, the Origin, and they are healing what has been broken for thousands of years. The big threat still left is her mom, and oh, yeah, she's pregnant. That was such an evil ending!

I absolutely loved reading these books, I devoured them, and I can't wait for Heart of Fire! So excited! 

Author: Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1, 2
Read: October 17th, 17th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books! And A Promise of Fire is a DAC Book! And Breath of Fire is a Sophomore Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: August 2nd 2016, January 3rd 2017

A Promise of Fire:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Breath of Fire:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 42 Review: Vampire Fight Club

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione tempts you into the darkly irresistible world of Demonica, populated by angels and demons, shifters and humans, all with a thirst that must be quenched . . .

When a wave of violence that hits too close to home forces shapeshifter and underworld nurse Vladlena Paskelkov to go undercover, her first stop is a haven of vice—with a dangerously sexy vamp in charge . . .

Legendary, jaded, Nathan Sabine is the manager of Thirst, a wildly popular vampire club—and secret underground blood arena. But Nathan, a rare daywalker, possesses other, even more explosive secrets, as does his beautiful new medic, Vladlena. The one thing they can't conceal is the lust that simmers between them . . .

Now, in an underworld divided by revelry and violence, debauchery and vengeance, Nate and Lena will discover which risks are worth taking—and which desires demand surrender . . . 

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading this story again! I actually wasn't sure if I'd read this before, and I had, but just forgot. But I'm glad that I did read it, because apparently it's a prequel of sorts to Base Instincts, which I've been meaning to read for awhile, so hopefully I'll read that soon!

You have to feel bad for Lena, her two brothers keep trying to kill her, the one one who didn't is killed himself, and the events of this book happen. And there's a few revelations, like her biological father isn't the same guy as the dad who raised her, which causes some problems, because her bio father wasn't a hyena like Lena's mom, which causes some trouble with shifting!

Nate has waited almost 100 years for vengeance-but the anger fueling him died out. I mean, he was married to her but circumstances tore them apart. And when he finds her again, she's with the guy, but he seduces her back, and then the guy chases them and kills her. That's just awful. She was a person, and she could make her own decisions, like who, if any, she wanted to be with!

Really enjoy how things escalated and were dealt with! That she can shift, and won't die in a matter of weeks, and he got his revenge, and they're alive and together! That's just great, and made for an excellent ending!

Loved this novella, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica #6.5
First Read: July 26th, 2015
Read: October 15th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love this series and her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Expected Publication: November 28th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars