Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: The Boyfriend Bet

Author Chris Cannon
Format e- ARC
Print Length 240 pages
Publisher Entangled: Crush
Published August 22, 2016

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after-school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health.

Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. 

Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he's lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line. 

My Opinion


Thank you to Entangled and Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel. This in no way influenced my review.

Zoe is a “hick” who transfers into Wilton, a nearby private school, there she mets Grant a “snob”. Grant has an ex who wants him back and an archenemy at the school who happens to be Zoe’s brother, Jack. When Grant and Zoe meet she mistakenly gets labeled a “ringer” local girl falls for a snob only to have them break her heart. This is the story about how a label can sometimes turn into so much more.

If being unique, feisty and bold were an Olympic sport than Zoe would have a gold medal or at least a silver. This girl had spunk, likes to prove that she is independent and had no problem telling it like it is. She has no desire to fall for a snob, or be a doormat to one. She is a tad bit interested in how Grant thinks though. I wish though that she was a bit tougher on Grant when he would screw up, I felt that he got away with some stuff a little bit too easily.

Grant is an entitled and affluent rich kid. His parents are his example of how love looks at right now it looks frigid. That coupled with a clingy ex, who can’t seem to understand go away it is no surprise that he wants to play the field. He just can’t seem to forget about Zoe, the hick girl with a kicking personality. There were times I wanted to Gibbs slap him (Gibbs from NCIS). Most of those times had to do with when other girls were around. Boy has got some major swag going on. Can he truly give up the game, for a hick?

The secondary characters help bring this story full circle. Zoe’s grandma is a Betty for sure. Delia is about as intriguing as they come. Aiden the intelligent yet socially awkward guy who wants to figure Delia out. Jack the protective brother who has no idea how to protect. This fabulous cast makes the story of The Boyfriend Bet.

The Boyfriend Bet is a book that brings all the feels. Not only does it center around budding love, it also deals with how life can interfere with life. Both teens have emotional family stuff that they are going through. How they deal with has a direct relationship with how they deal with each other. Navigating love can be difficult, The Boyfriend Bet embraces those difficulties.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote “If you’re still here when I look out that window again, I will shoot your sorry ass and bury your body behind the barn where no one will ever find you.”


Other People

Delia- Zoe’s bestie
Aiden- Grant’s bestie
Amber- girl who wants Grant
Lena- Grant's ex
Jack- Zoe’s big brother

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Swoon Thursday (34) Broken Compass

The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works.


From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON.
What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 


Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the gals at YABound.


What is Mischa to you, brother?

Tyson was uncharacteristically serious. I realized that the bond I'd witness between them was stronger than I'd thought. Clearly it had developed in the time I'd been gone from here, in the time I'd cut her out of my life with ferocious and cruel intent. I was too messed up to give Tyson any other answer than the one which was thrumming through me.

She's mine. She's everything.


Kindle Location 1590


About time Max figures that part out Now how to prove it to her?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (34) Stealing Snow

Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital
in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything...including Snow's return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

Why I am Waiting?


A book based of Snow White but not Snow White. Hope this one is as good as it sounds. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (34) The Boyfriend Bet

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"Whatever is going on between us is because we're attracted to each other, not because of some stupid contest."

Oh, how I wanted to believe him.  Though the set of his moth and the intensity of his fabulous blue eyes did make him seem sincere.

"Would you swear on a pair of hedge clippers that you aren't trying to make me the ringer?"

Kindle Location 607

Grant has a way with words.  Hopefully he doesn't break Zoe's heart.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: Nevernight

Author Jay Kristoff
Format e-book
Print Length 448 pages
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books
Published August 9, 2016

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

My Opinion


Thank you to Thomas Dunne Books and Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel. This in no way influenced my review.

Nevernight was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I was counting down the months, then weeks then days to release. I excitedly open the book and began to read. Within ten minutes my eyes began to hurt, that is when I realized I was getting old. The font was tiny, tiny compared to other books. Wordy too oh so wordy, as in the author went above and beyond describing things to the reader. The world building was incredible, although I had to stop reading the footnotes. Yepper, footnotes on the world we have entered. They were a bit much, and I felt a distractor from the story. The story is told through a narrator who has a bit of a personality. His sarcasm and humor shining through at all the right moments.

Mia witnessed her father be hung for crimes against the state, her mother and brother taken away as she is captured. She manages to escape is falls in with Mercurio, a former assassin for the Red Church. He becomes her mentor, and sets her on the path of the church. As she makes her journey to the Church she connects with another named Tric who seeks entry in to the elite guards, Blades. Together we watch as they go down the path to becoming assassins. At the Red Church, they along with others are taught the skills of weaponry, poison, thieving and seduction (some call it subtle arts). Mia is different from the other students in that she can call the shadows to help her. Only a few can become blades, the rest have two options become a Hand or die.

Mia is almost a fish out of water, only there due to the events that occurred in her life. She has a concern for others that is lacking in those around her. She is becoming an assassin due to revenge yet will that be reason enough? She has a sense of herself that others her age are missing. She knows she has faults but at the end of the day if she can rest easy she did good. Her being never alone thanks to the not-cat Mister Knightly is kinda well creepy. Several people question if this is the place for her, yet she remains steadfast on the quest to become an assassin.

Mia’s love life is interestingly lacking. She has a relationship of a sorts with Tric but does it include real emotions on both of their parts? I don’t really know. How emotional can you really get with someone who is training to be an assassin?

The pacing of this one was just off- it took a long time for things to pick up and once they did they slowed down again. It was as if you were on a jerky roller coaster ride. The descriptive nature of the narrator was a bit much to handle. I wanted to puffy heart love this book and instead got hype-burn.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote “You've got words in your soul.” 


Other People

Mercurio- mentor
Naev- Hand, friend of Mia
Ashlinn- Mia’s bestie in assassin school

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review: Magic Steals

Author Ilona Andrews
Format e-book
Print Length 83 pages
Publisher InterMix
Published August 16, 2016

Shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau may be a powerful healer and magic user, but she’s far from what might be called “normal”. She dislikes the violence and bloodshed that are a way of life for most of her kind, even going so far as to become a vegetarian. The last thing she wants is trouble...

Jim Shrapshire is an original, hardcore badass. A jaguar shifter, he’s been tasked with keeping Atlanta’s Cat Clan in line, which he does with swift and lethal force when necessary. His only soft spot is for the petite Dali, whose kindness he calls upon when he is injured.

When Dali is approached by a desperate woman whose grandmother has vanished, Jim is concerned enough to help investigate. But what they find may just be the end of them—an enemy whose skill in the dark arts is matched only by their willingness to kill anyone in their way...

My Opinion


Dali has always been one of my favorite characters in this series. I love seeing her get to be center stage. She is awkward, different and yet powerful in her own way. Her family sees this, her mother especially. She grew up respecting the Indonesian culture, and her Indonesian magic is unparalleled. No one can match it, her other magic though is often hit or miss. More miss than hit. She is secretly seeing Jim, Curran’s head of security.

Jim is well Jim. He is an alpha male with a capital A. Yet, he lets little Dali boss him around. That is until his patience gets too thin. He believes in her enough to want help her on this case. Yet trust her enough to know that there really isn’t anything he can do to help. Since he wants to spend time with her, he is along for the ride.

The best thing about Dali and Jim is their communication. He notices she gets to be closed off and just asks her about it. She tells him the answer. Rarely have we seen that as a reader. It is refreshing. I like how she is worried about the relationship and he is confident about it. Sounds about right in real life too.

If you want to visit the Kate Daniels’ world, this is the perfect novella to do that with. Any written about Dali and Jim are one clicks for me. Action-packed fast reads that are sprinkled throughout with sweetness just how I love my books to be.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote He was a badass who wrote a book for badasses on how to be a badder badass.


Other People

Mother- Dali’s momma

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Trailer Saturday (34) How to Hang A Witch

Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sight...




It's the Salem Witch Hunt meets Mean Girls in this deliciously suspenseful novel by an author who is a descendant of one the real trial's most infamous accusers.

Samantha Mather has just moved to Salem, Massachusetts from New York City in the wake of her father's mysterious illness. But Mathers have lived in Salem for centuries and Sam is the ancestor of Cotton Mather—one of the architects of the Salem Witch Trials. Her name precedes her, and comes with too many stigmas. Before long, Sam finds herself at odds with The Descendants, a powerful group of girls who also have ties to the trials; only their ancestors were on the other end of the noose. 
Before long, Sam realizes she is at the center of a centuries old curse that is tying her fate, as well as her father's, to her new enemies. Can she overcome her family's past and break the cycle of unexplained deaths or will she discover just how easy it can be to hang a witch?


Friday, August 19, 2016

Review: The Legend of The Blue Eyes

Author B. Kristin McMichael
Format e-book
Print Length 252 pages
Publisher Lexia Press
Published March 15, 2013

Arianna Grace liked her boring, Midwestern, teenage life where she ignored the many
unanswered questions of her childhood. Why were her parents dead? Why did she not have family? Where was she raised until she was five? When someone offers to explain it all, Arianna thinks she’s just getting answers. Instead, she is thrown into a world of night humans who drink blood.

On Arianna's sixteenth birthday, her world is thrown upside down when she changes into a vampire. Night humans, or demons, as some call them, live in normal society. Learning all of the new rules of a world she didn’t know existed might be hard enough, but it's further complicated by two former-friends that now want to help her take her role as the successor to her grandfather. 

There is a war going on between the night humans. Sides have been taken and lines are not crossed. Four main clans of night humans are struggling for control of the night. Divided into two sides, clans Baku and Tengu have been at war for centuries with the clans Dearg-dul and Lycan. That is, until Arianna Grace finds out the truth; she’s the bridge of peace between the two sides. But not everyone wants peace. With the night humans divided, Arianna is now a pawn in the war between them. She must choose a side—her mother’s family or her father’s—and for once in her life, decide her own fate. 

My Opinion


Arianna doesn’t know it yet, but she is the product of a real life Romeo and Juliet story. She is also someone that was foretold in a legend. A legend that she knows nothing about, in a war that she doesn’t want. To make matters worse, once the world is introduced to her no one will tell her the legend.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. The world building was pretty rock on. Ari’s story not so much. Ari seemed really naive. I enjoyed that she hated romantic movies as much as I did. Yet the enjoyment stops there. With every guy falling in love with her, my eyes began to roll. The best part of this book was Devin, and even he got on my nerves. 

Overall, the book dragged for me, there was little plot development. Arianna has way too many boys in her life. With the war going on in the night human world, she really shouldn't be so focused on them anyway.

There are a few who liked this book a lot more than I did:
Ren gave it five stars
Teresa gave it five stars

My Rating 2 out of 5 stars.


Favorite Quote You are not an object I can own and do with as I please.


Other People

Devin- body guard
Turner- rebel who is attracted to her
Gabriel- uncle

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Swoon Thursday (33) Magic Steals

The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON.
What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the gals at YABound.


"I watch everyone, but when I watch you, all I feel is... that I want to be with you. You will never lie to me. And if I need help, you will be here. With you, I breathe."


Kindle Location 1281


Oh Jim..... How can she doubt you after that? Dali honey....he is a keeper.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (33) The Forgetting

Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

 

Why I am Waiting?


Can you imagine? Forgetting everyone/thing that isn’t written down? Holy smokes! Even your children. Oh my! Yeah I want this one bad.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (33) The Legend of The Blue Eyes

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Then, shouldn't it bother you?" she pondered, sitting up to finally judge his reaction. "Did I misunderstand?"


"You are not an object I can own and do with as I please. I have no right to decide your life for you," he explained. "And I promise, I'll never ask to be your boyfriend. So you may kiss anyone you please."


page 110


Hmmm.... someone needs to let Devin know that this in not the way to get the girl. Talk about sending mixed signals.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: Earth’s End

Author Elise Kova
Format e-book
Print Length 350 pages
Publisher Silver Wing Pres
Published Feb. 11, 2016

A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.

Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.

My Opinion


Earth’s End is a difficult book to review without giving spoilers. As you know Vhalla and Aldrik are together, but not together. At first they are cute together, okay so yeah, I liked them together. I like how Aldrik is pushing that Vhalla and him can be together regardless of her birth. I like how he keeps her and her value close when it comes to the other nobles. I enjoyed watching him stand up to his daddy where Vhalla was concerned, each and every time.

Aldrik and the Emperor go toe to toe more times than I want to count in this one. It was pretty awesome to see Aldrik try to outmaneuver his father. The Emperor has been at the game longer though. The Emperor in regards to Vhalla is just pure evil. A painful death would not be too much to ask for the Emperor.

The realities of war is beautifully shown in this book. How both sides just want to survive. How those trusted can be those who turn against you. Vhalla’s friends play a smaller, yet important role in this edition as well. Fritz and Elecia are adorable together, but not together. I decided I hate Daniel and want him to go away. Others will love him and think he is the best thing since sliced bread. I don’t feel that way- he is a distraction and dangerous. I bet he turns out evil.

Earth’s End is my least favorite book in the series so far. The book was really lovely dovey, both Vhalla and Aldrik being way too sugary for my taste buds. Then the ending hit, almost like biting into a key lime pie without sweetened condense milk- trust me it leaves a horrible taste in your mouth. Kinda like the ending did here for me. Will I read the next book in the series- umm yeah… I have already invested enough time in the series to want to continue. Do I think that both parties have a heck of a lot to make up for yeah. Am I worried about those caught in the crossfire, oh yeah. Regardless, I want to know what happens to Vhalla and Aldrik.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote "Home had become where he was."


Other People

Emperor- evil, needs to die
Baldair- Aldrik’s brother, the spare