Monday, February 20, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #298, February 20th

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 #297
Teaser Tuesday #305
WWW Wednesday #305
WOW #302
Will the Time Come #296
Third Sentence Thursday #287
Random Reads #273
First Lines Friday #292
The Reward Challenge Update #283
Follow Friday #275
How Well I Stuck to It #127
Wrote that Review Update #132

Week 7 Reviews:
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Freed
Lost Girls
Blind Tiger
The Wish Granter
All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire
Take the Fall
Darkness Rages
Flight from Mayhem
Bound to Shadows
Moon Sworn
Unrivaled

Tours:
Wicked Ride, Wicked Edge, Wicked Burn, Wicked Kiss, Wicked Bite: Cover Reveals

Random:
We Have the Cover of Mind Game!!!!
We Have the Cover of Katherine "Kitty" Katt #15!!!!

OK, so I got 25 posts in 7 days, so yeah, a pretty great week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) and Making Bad Choices.

The world is Cassie Fremont's playground. Her face is on the cover of every newspaper. She has no homework, no curfew, and no credit limit, and she spends her days traveling the country with her friends, including a boy who would do the chicken dance with death to make her smile. Life is just about perfect—except that those newspaper headlines are about her bludgeoning her crush to death with a paintball gun, she has to fight ravenous walking corpses every time she steps outside, and one of her friends is still missing, trapped somewhere in the distant, practically impassable wreckage of Manhattan.

Still, Cassie's an optimist, more prone to hysterical laughter than hysterical tears, and she'd rather fight a corpse than be one. She'll never leave a friend stranded when she can simply take her road trip to impossible new places, even if getting there means admitting to that boy that she might love him as more than her personal jester. Skillfully blending effective horror with unexpected humor, this diary-style novel is a fast-paced and heartwarming read.
Culter Fuller came back into my life on the day my mother died, as if losing my mother wasn't bad enough.

We hated each other since childhood. Well, I hated him. He had a very different story.

When I moved to my dad's house to finish my last semester of high school, we went from bitter enemies to. . . something else. He was suddenly everywhere, occupying my space, determined to pull me into his life, filling me with thoughts I knew were wrong.

I knew that soon we would cross a line that should never be crossed.

I knew crossing that line could have very serious consequences; because Culter Fuller wasn't just any irresistible boy, Culter Fuller was my stepbrother.

But, I was always very bad at making the right choices.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wrote that Review Update #132, February 19th

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 Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed, Lost Girls, Blind Tiger, The Wish Granter, All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire, Take the Fall, Darkness Rages, Flight from Mayhem, Bound to Shadows and Moon Sworn, Unrivaled, so I have 10 of 10 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 #127, February 19th

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 9:
Nothing Planned!

So yeah, a free week to read whatever I want to! Can't wait to see what I'm actually going to read! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Week 7 Review: Unrivaled

From Goodreads:
Everyone wants to be someone.

Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter's desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her "we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic." Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad's life.

But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.

She's Hollywood's hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone's lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.

That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles's nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.

Unrivaled is #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël's first book in a thrilling suspense trilogy about how our most desperate dreams can become our darkest nightmares. 

My Review:
Oh, this book was so fantastic! Full of twists and turns, and I loved the mystery and these characters! They were so fascinating to read about, with their secrets, their motivations, and I'm so glad that this is a trilogy because this book was a perfect start for one!

This book is different from Alyson Noel's most recent releases-it's a contemporary mystery, there's no paranormal element unlike the Immortal series or the Soul Seekers series! And yeah, that was different, but it was a good change, something new, though I wouldn't mind more paranormal books from Alyson Noel in the future!

All three of these teens had their reasons for entering the competition. The prize was a good motivator, as well as family secrets, and a step towards the future wanted. Which is a bit vague, but less spoilery, I hope!

I really enjoyed this mystery, of Madison Brooks, and how this story began with what happened to her, then backtracked and then yeah, things unfurled! I loved the twists and turns, they were cruel, to both us readers, and to the characters, but they were so stinking great to read!

This was such a great book, and I can't wait to read Blacklist!

Author: Alyson Noel
Series: Beautiful Idols #1
Read:  February 17th, 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded so great, I love her books, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: May 10th 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 7 Reviews: Bound to Shadows, Moon Sworn


From Goodreads:
In the darkness, demons come out to play . . . 
and someone must bring their sins to light.

Part vampire, part werewolf, Riley Jenson knows what can happen when vamps don't play well with others. But she's never seen anything like this: a series of brutal murders surrounding the latest hot spot for vampire-human hookups—and the victims aren't just killed, they're beheaded. Now Riley is launching into action, toying with a seductive—and highly suspicious—club owner, and finding herself in the middle of another mystery: women being killed one by one, without a trace of violence.

For Riley, solving multiple cases—in a world going mad with human and vampire passions—would have been tough enough. Instead she has two jealous lovers on her hands: Kye Murphy, the amber-eyed werewolf who makes Riley's wolf blood howl—and Quinn, the cool, elegant vamp who has over a thousand years' experience at fulfilling women’s desires. While she's busy juggling these two sexy beasts, Riley's detective work takes a stunningly violent turn. Finding a murderer is now a matter of life and death. Especially since the killer has long since found her . . . 

From Goodreads:
Some nights never end.
Some desires never die. . . .

Shape-shifting werewolf and vampire Riley Jenson is through with death—causing it, solving it, surviving it. Her soul mate, Kye Murphy, is dead—and at Riley’s own hands. Not even the seductive embrace of her vampire lover, Quinn, can fully ease her mind, for she has begun questioning everything that makes her Riley—including her job at the Directorate.


Now, the ritualistically slain bodies of ex-cons have started turning up. Reluctantly, Riley takes the case, but something even worse is waiting in the wings. A vicious enemy from her past is determined to strip Riley of everything that gives her life any meaning: her lover, her brother—and even her own identity. Can Riley survive this ultimate assault? All she knows is, she must fight one last time to find answers, before everything goes dark forever.

My Review:
I loved reading these books! This series has been fantastic since the beginning, and while I'm sad to say goodbye, well, there's still the Dark Angel series with Risa all grown up and her Aunt Riley! So yeah for that! And yeah, these books were just so fantastic to read!

Both of these books deal with Kye, her soul mate. In different ways, because in the first, he's all about control, to the point of threatening her loved ones. And the second, because she killed him and was dealing with all the emotions there, of another lost dream, that loss of connection, and the guilt of Kade's death. Yeah.

But there were also other things going on, she's a guardian, and yeah, while these bad guys aren't as hard to beat on a skill level as a god, well, one's her soul mate and the other is someone who basically destroyed her and Rhoan's childhood. So she needed the strength that she got facing down those previous bad guys!

There was such a fantastic end, with the marriage, and the twins! I kinda hope that it's a girl and boy like Riley and Rhoan, because that would be just so sweet! I wish that we could've seen Riley as not a guardian again, just for a bit besides that ending, but yeah, great end to the series!

Absolutely loved these books, and I can't wait to start the Dark Angels series!

Author: Keri Arthur
Series: Riley Jensen Guardian #8, 9
Read: February 17th, 17th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Loving this series and this author, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books! And Moon Sworn is a End of Series 2017 Book!
Publisher: Dell
Published: October 27th 2009, May 25th 2010

Bound to Shadows:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Moon Sworn:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 7 Review: Flight from Mayhem

From Goodreads:
I'm Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for gorgeous, exasperating Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Every time I turn around, somebody's trying to kill us. But you know what they say: All's fair in love and bounty hunting...

A serial killer is stalking the elderly Fae of Seattle, draining their bank accounts before brutally murdering them. When Chase Johnson asks for our help, Alex and I discover that the sociopath is also a doppelganger—able to change shape to match his victim's deepest desires. Our friend and colleague Bette volunteers to act as bait, but the plan goes dangerously awry. Now, unless we find her first, she's about to face her worst nightmare.

My Review:


Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Series: Fly by Night #2
Read: February 16th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Loving her books, and yeah, her writing, so great! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Berkley
Published: August 2nd 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 7 Review: Darkness Raging

From Goodreads:
The New York Times bestselling author of Panther Prowling returns to the Otherworld where one of the D’Artigo sisters faces a terrifying challenge that's more personal than she ever could have imagined.

We're the D'Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch. Delilah is a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. And me? I'm Menolly, a vampire married to a gorgeous werepuma. As the war in Otherworld arrives, Blood Wyne, Queen of the Vampires, summons me. Apparently, my position as Roman's consort entails more than I imagined...

As the Demon Lord Shadow Wing creates his own sinister version of the Keraastar Knights—the guardians of the spirit seals—to destroy the portals and free himself from the Sub Realms, his ally, the necromancer Telazhar, leads an assault from Otherworld into the streets of Seattle. And my sisters and I are caught dead center. 

Then, on the eve of war, my wife, Nerissa, is captured. The enemy demands we surrender the rest of the spirit seals, or they are going to kill her. I will do anything to save her. Even if it means leading an army of vampires into the very depths of the Subterranean Realms...

My Review:


Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Series: Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon #18
Read: February 16th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Loving this series and her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Berkley
Published: February 2nd 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 7 Review: Take the Fall

From Goodreads:
WHO KILLED GRETCHEN MEYER?

Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen's body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can't be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?

At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen's ex-boyfriend—and Sonia's longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he's the killer. But as Gretchen's many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus's involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn't him in the woods that night…who could it have been? 

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading this book! It was dark and creepy-and I did read the ending when I was only 30 pages in. So I knew where it was going, but it was so fantastic to go on this ride and find how they got to that point! So fantastic to read!



Author: Emily Hainsworth
Read: February 15th, 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2017 Book, Sophomore Challenge Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: February 16th 2016
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 7 Review: All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire

From Goodreads:
Toni Davis's Christmas wish list

1. Springing my best friend from the psych ward.
2. Living somewhere that doesn't have coffins in the basement. Occupied coffins.
3. Finding Mr. Right. Please make him tall, dark, handsome, and alive.

This Christmas isn't so merry for Toni. Her best friend's been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she's taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right.

Although Ian's nearly five centuries old, he looks and acts like a twenty-seven-year-old hunk.

How can a dead man be so damn sexy? Could Mr. Wrong be Mr. Right? One forbidden kiss could lead to an eternity of passion—and all it takes is one moment under the mistletoe . . .

My Review:


Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: Love at Stake #5
Read: February 15th, 2017
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Love her writing, and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Avon
Published: October 28th 2008
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 7 Review: The Wish Granter

From Goodreads:
An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother's soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille's king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can't stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother's ascension to the throne wasn't fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown. 

So Ari recruits the help of Thad's enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague's criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair's weaknesses, saving Ari's brother—and herself. 

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can't outwit him, she'll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

My Review:
Oh, wow, I loved this book! It was so fantastic, and such a great sequel-and Lorelai and  were in it, as well! Which was so awesome! And yeah, Ari was a fantastic character, and I loved reading about her! She was different from Lorelai, and yeah, I loved learning more about her!

Author: C.J. Redwine
Series: Ravenspire #2
Read: February 14th, 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love her books, and it's a 2017 Retelling Reading Challenge, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: February 14th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 7 Review: Blind Tiger

From Goodreads:
Robyn Sheffield wants her life back.

As the only female stray in the US, she's had to deal with bloodlust, flashbacks, a lack of impulse control (which might not have anything to do with being a shifter), and weeks under house arrest for crimes she never meant to commit. But when she overhears the territorial council plotting to marry her off to an eligible tom? It's time for this chick to fly the coop. 

Titus Alexander wants recognition.

He's spent the past year carving his territory out of the Mississippi free zone, forming a community for strays exiled and forgotten by the US Prides. As the first stray Alpha, he's sworn to bring the toms under his authority the rights, support, and respect that official confirmation from the council will bring. But then the council's precious female stray sneaks into the free zone in the back of his car and demands sanctuary.

The council gives Titus a choice: send Robyn back and have his Pride acknowledged, or prepare for war. Citizenship for his men is within his grasp. So why is it so hard for him to let one rebellious tabby go?

My Review:


Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Wildcats #2
Read: February 14th, 2017
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Rachel Vincent
Published: February 14th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 7 Reviews: Lost Girls

From Goodreads:
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy's quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn't recognize the person she's become: she's popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She's not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can't resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

My Review:
I enjoyed reading this book so much! It was a book about relationships, and yeah, it was also about fighting, and changing, and going down paths that can be called wrong. It was just so intriguing to read and I really enjoyed it!



Author: Merrie Destefano
Read: February 13th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really great! And it's a SAC 2017 Book!
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Published: January 3rd 2017
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Week 7 Reviews: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed



From Goodreads:
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana's quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey's secrets and explores her own dark desires.

From Goodreads:
Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

From Goodreads:
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian's singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian's opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana's deepest fears turn to reality.


My first review of Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed

My second review of Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed
My Review:
It was so great to be able to read these books again, and just in time for the 2nd movie coming out! So yeah, there will be a bit of comparison between the book and the movie, but yeah, I still think the books are better!

So this is the 4th time that I've read this series. And it's really now that the flaws are coming into focus. They were always there, but you don't always see them the first go around, or the second. But they were pretty clear this time. I still enjoyed them, but I was a bit more clinical about them!

The reason I love books more than the movies created based on them, is because there's so much more detail, so much more story! Books, you can read whenever you want, you can pause for whatever time you need too. Movies, you can't. There were some details I'm glad weren't able to translate to the silver screen, though-Ana's subconscious and inner goddess, and her "oh" thoughts!

Yeah, I really did enjoy watching Ana and Christian go on this ride again, knowing where it was going to end, but having forgotten some of the smaller details! These books are pretty great, even with their flaws, and it's pretty easy to see why they became so popular!

I do wish that Fifty Shades Darker from Christian's POV had come out in time for this movie, well, at least we'll be getting it next year, that we're getting it at all! Such a great series!

Author: E.L. James
Series: Fifty Shades #1, 2, 3
First Read: April 8th, 8th, 8th, 2013
Second Read: April 9th, 9th, 9th, 2013
Third Read: October 1st, 1st, 1st, 2013
Read: February 11th, 11th, 11th, 2017
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading!! Again! They're also Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Vintage
Published: April 17th 2012, April 17th 2012, April 17th 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Fifty Shades Darker:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars










Fifty Shades Freed:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars