Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: No Ordinary Bloke by Mary Whitney

No Ordinary Bloke by Mary Whitney

Blurb from Goodreads:

I’m not a philosophical kind of bloke, but I know something about luck. A childhood on the wrong side of advantage will teach you that. It’s all a matter of chance. It’s both your circumstances and the chances you take. So I've always been a gambler and a ladies man — they love me and I love them. Now I've found one like no other — an American, Allison Wright. When I met her, the fates were on my side, but too soon I learned the odds were against me.
My Review:
No Ordinary Bloke is a companion story to Mary Whitney's Beside Your Heart series (review of book 3 of that series, Forever Your Heart, here).  This book is about Adam's cousin, David, who is introduced in that series although you need not read the series before this book as it is a stand-alone.  

What can I say about David?  Certainly sometimes he is crass but it was pretty awesome reading his story and his slow descent into love.  I really liked the fact that much of the book was set in England (although there were a lot of scenes in New York and a few elsewhere).  David's voice is so unique -- I truly felt like I was in head in reading this book but I adore Allison as well.  This was a slightly unorthodox pair but that made it all the more rewarding when they came together.  The fact that David truly had to take his time and work for it was so, so good.  As with all of Mary Whitney's books, I absolutely loved this one!   If you haven't read any of her books, I highly, HIGHLY recommend them all!!
"What started as a slow romantic kiss soon spun out of control.  It was like she'd been penned up, and she could finally release herself.  I felt the same way, but crikey.  I'd promised to restrain myself, and now the woman was all over me.  There we were in the middle of London, and all I could think was God bless America.  When those girls lost their inhibitions, all bets were off." 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Love, in Spanish (LIE #2) by Karina Halle

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
Love, in Spanish (LIE #2)by Karina Halle!!






From Goodreads:
The companion to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today Bestselling love story - LOVE, IN ENGLISH - is finally here! Love, in Spanish is a Love, in English follow-up novel told from Mateo Casalles' POV. While Love, in Spanish touches on some events that happened in LIE (you know the ones!) it is a whole new story set a year later that continues with Vera and Mateo's "happily ever after." 
*** 

“She sat beside me on the bus – and she changed my whole life.” 

Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world. 

That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences. 

Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship. 

Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn. 
I really liked Love, In English, the first book in this series.  A sequel that is essentially the male POV of the first book is tricky for me, and I typically don't bother (Flat-Out Matt being one exception).  However, as stated on GR above, this is a whole new story about AFTER the HEA.  So, I am definitely excited!! Love, in Spanish is scheduled for release on November 11, 2014 and you can pre-order here!!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??


Monday, October 27, 2014

MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES EPISODES 1 & 2 RELEASED

Have you heard that the Morganville Vampires books by Rachel Caine were turned into a web series?
If not, they have been! This is one of my all time favorite YA series and the webisodes do not disappoint!!


Episode 1 - "Glass House" : http://youtu.be/fcoe2nCFYuQ


Episode 2 - "Bite Me" : http://youtu.be/sRhZwjrIKYg

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Last Light (Night Owl #2) by M. Pierce

Last Light (Night Owl #2) by M. Pierce

Blurb from Goodreads:

Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead ...

Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret ...

Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper in the highly anticipated second book in the Night Owl Trilogy.
My Review:

Earlier this year, I kept hearing cryptic but exciting things about M. Pierce and the author's debut novel, Night Owl.  I wasn't sure what to expect but I was absolutely blown away by Night Owl.  I couldn't put it down and it ended on this weird cliffhanger that has left me hanging for the past seven months.  After Mud Vein, Night Owl and Last Light are the best adult books I have read this year.  Last Light did not disappoint as it seems so many sequels lately have done.  Not only was the cliffhanger in the first book explained and expanded but a new conflict was presented immediately, with no easy resolution, and that allowed for new insight into these characters that I have come to love so, so much even though Last Light will certainly leave you hating either or both of them at some point.  These books are so much more than any sort of "love" story or romance . . . in fact, I wouldn't describe them in that way at all.  If you want to crawl into a character's mind even when the character may do something that is absolutely mind boggling (prime example of this being successful is Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher), then this series is for you.  Hannah and Matt come together, and cannot let go, because there is no way either of them could be their own person and be in a relationship if it was not with each other.  I am reminded of this quote from Steve Kloves' screenplay adaption of Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon:

Whenever I wondered what Sara saw in me, and I wondered more than once, I always came back to the fact that she read everything, every spare moment. She was a junkie for the printed word. And, lucky for me, I manufactured her drug of choice.
I certainly have a tendency to get hung up on the uniqueness of a book or a plot or a character but there is something so fresh and new about these books.  Aside from the fact that the books are about an author, M. Pierce, that is unknown to the world in the books (by choice), and that these books are similarly written by M. Pierce, an author that we know nothing about in this world, the story is compelling.   I absolutely cannot wait to see where book 3, After Dark, takes us and these characters.

Last Light will be released October 28, 2014, and you can purchase here.  If you have not yet read Night Owl in anticipation of the second book of this series, you really, really should!
"December is the cruelest month to die in. 
I smiled and slouched in my chair.  I couldn't go wrong, riffing on Eliot.[1] 
I thumbed my way to chapter one and began to write.  A cup of cold coffee stood by my laptop.  I sipped it as I worked. 
I wrote for three hours, stopping only to laugh or gaze out at the mountains.  Once I walked through the cabin.  Then I returned to the desk.  As long as I was in the story, I wasn't aching for Hannah.  As long as I was in the story, I wasn't worrying about Hannah on the East Coast with my family."                         

[1]   
Interestingly, M. Pierce refers to T.S. Eliot and, presumably, the first line of The Waste Land.  Those medieval studies majors (like me) know that Eliot was alluding to Geoffrey Chaucer and, more specifically, the first line of The Canterbury Tales.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher!!



From Goodreads:
Best friends since they could walk. In love by the age of fourteen. Dating for over four years. 
She’ll do everything she can to never forget. 
He’ll do everything he can to never remember. 
Too bad it’s not up to them. 
Um, what happens when two of your very favorite authors decide to write together?!  Needless to say, I LOVE LOVE LOVE both Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher and I cannot wait for this!! Never Never is scheduled for release in January, 2015!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blurb from Goodreads:

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
My Review:

Since the final book in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout was released earlier this year, concluding the series, there is now no question in my mind that my favorite, current YA series is The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.  I had serious hopes for book 3 of the series, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and I can wholeheartedly say that all of my expectations and wants were met and exceeded.  No one writes like Maggie Stiefvater.  Seriously, no one else could have such a magnificent brain and be able to translate that into a compelling story that is humorous and terrifying and describes every little thing with the most perfect words you can imagine.  Because of the serious plot points in this book, I don't want to pass any spoilers along to those of you just getting the book today, on its release date.  However, I can say that this series and this book are so well written, so character driven, so unique and so beautiful, and that I can't wait for book 4, more than ever!!


I absolutely love this book -- maybe even more than The Raven Boys (my review) and The Dream Thieves (my review)!  Please read this series!!!
"Blue lay her cheek against a boulder covered with warm moss, trying to keep her thoughts even and pleasant.  The same ability that amplified clairvoyance also heightened Cabeswater's strange magic, and she didn't want to cause another earthquake or start a stampede. 
Instead, she began a conversation with the trees. 
She thought about birds singing-- thought or wished or longed or dreamt.  It was a thought turned on its side, a door left cracked in her mind.  She was getting better at telling when she was doing it right. 
A strange bird trilled high and off-key above her. 
She thought-wished-longed-dreamt of leaves rustling. 
Overhead, the trees shushed their leaves, forming vague, whispered words.  Avide audimus. 
She thought of a spring flower.  A lily, blue, like her name. 
A blue petal fell aimlessly into her hair.  Another dropped onto the back of her hand, slipping down her wrist like a kiss. 
Gansey's eyes opened as petals landed lightly on his cheeks.  As his lips parted, ever-wondering, a petal landed directly on his mouth.  Adam craned his head back to watch the floral, fragrant rain drift down around them, slow-motion butterflies of blue. 
Blue's heart exploded with furious joy."                         

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Swoon Thursday: I'll Be Here by Autumn Doughton


Swoon Thursday is a meme hosted by YABound.  

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.



Today I am spotlighting I'll Be Here by Autumn Doughton.  I just finished and absolutely loved this book; I highly recommend it for mature YA contemporary!  And now, on to the swoon:
Alex was a world.  He was an entire galaxy.  A universe of possibilities.  
I could write a ten page essay about his hands alone.  There was the way he talked with them-- rolling them in the air to describe something.  Or how he brought them to rest in his pockets when he was being particularly thoughtful.  Or the way he held a pencil so tight that he had a permanent callus on the middle finger of this right hand.   
I could describe in detail how his face lit up when he had a good idea and how his brow furrowed into three lines when he was confused.  Or the way he stood with his shoulders rounded slightly forward and his head cocked to one side when he was listening.  
These were the things I noticed about Alex.  In fact, I noticed everything about Alex.  Like that his left nostril was slightly larger than his right nostril.  And the way he ate a Kit Kat bar: chocolate first and then the layers of wafer separately.  
I could pick his one sneeze out of a room full of sneezers.  His voice talked to me in my dreams.  Low and soft with a touch of huskiness that made him sound a bit older than he was.  
Doesn't this make you want to read more?!  I am in love with Autumn Doughton's books after reading my second one in I'll Be Here, which you can purchase for only $0.99!  You can read more swoon from Autumn here!  Who are you swooning over this week? Link up your Swoon below!