Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

Blurb from Goodreads:

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

My Review:

I know this will sound crazy at first but I've seriously never been a big Adrian fan. I've thought he was funny and frustrating and, at the end of The Golden Lilly, I began to like him, but I never before found him swoon-worthy. In the VA series, I couldn't get over wanting, wishing and hoping for Rose and Dmitri to be together and, consequently, I did not want Adrian and Rose together, at all. In the Bloodlines series, Adrian has grown on me but I still didn't really get his appeal other than as a good, if sometimes exasperating, friend. The Indigo Spell has changed all my previous notions and I get it now -- Adrian Ivashkov is definitely, definitely swoon-worthy!!!

Although I seriously love this series, even more than I ever loved VA, this book has really made me invested. I am so excited to see what will happen next for Sydney -- she has grown so much and I like her more (although I won't lie, the first half of the book Sydney frustrated me to no end regarding Adrian!) with every page. I cannot wait for more secrets to be revealed -- we know the Alchemists are up to no good and I can think of no better person than Sydney to take them on full force. It will be pure torture waiting for the next book, especially because . . .

***SPOILER ALERT*** Ending this review with a big time SQUEE that Adrian and Sydney are finally together, finally happy, and ready to take on the world. Except for the minor problem of Sydney's sister showing up . . .

“I don't care if you say we can't be together. I don't care if you think I'm the most evil, unnatural creature walking on earth. You can think whatever you want, go whatever you want. I'm going to just go on loving you, even if it's hopeless.”

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Tidal by Emily Snow

Tidal by Emily Snow

Blurb from Goodreads:

Now that Willow Avery is out of rehab, she's got one chance left to prove herself before she’s officially on every producer’s crap list. At least, that's what her parents and agent are claiming. She doesn't really give a damn if she never makes another movie or not—she just wants to get on with her life, get back to her friends, and find her next escape. But Willow is broke. And whether she likes it or not, acting is the only job she knows how to do.

When she accepts the lead in a beach drama, Willow finds herself in Hawaii. And in Hawaii, she finds Cooper, the gorgeous surfer hired to train her for her new role. With the bluest eyes she’s ever seen and the sexiest Australian accent she’s ever heard, Cooper’s different from the men she’s used to. He doesn’t want to use her. And he refuses to let her fail. But when an old friend re-enters Willow’s life—a friend whose toxicity she’s been drawn to time and time before and whose presence brings about the painful memories she's tried so hard to suppress—Willow will have to choose between the girl she was and the person she’s becoming. The lifestyle that helps her forget the pain and the guy she’s falling hard for.

My Review:

I absolutely loved Devoured by Emily Snow and I was so excited to read her foray into NA. This book did not disappoint! The beginning of this book starts in LA, in a frenzied and harried rush. But when the characters fly to Hawaii, the entire book took on a relaxed, spiritual note. I really liked how Ms. Snow juxtaposed these two settings.

This is far from your average regular person falling in love with a movie star story. This movie star is flawed and struggles through the entire book. And despite the struggle, you will end up falling in love with Willow. Her struggle is our struggle as the book progresses. I found myself rooting for her and just despising her "friend" Jessica who tries to enable Willow and suck her back into the past. There are some very tense scenes and I imagine writing this book wasn't easy.

I loved this book - it was realistic, powerful and still romantic in spite of everything. I absolutely loved Willow and Cooper together; I felt like they were poetry in motion. That sounds silly but they were so right when they were finally together, finally free to be together. Another excellent book from Emily Snow!
“I love you Willow, but I can live without you. I just refuse to.”

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Review: Exposed (Just One Night #2) by Kyra Davis

Exposed (Just One Night #2) by Kyra Davis

Blurb from Goodreads:

Part 2 of the Just One Night series. One passionate night with a stranger turned Kasie’s world upside down, and just when she thought she was getting the hang of things, her fiancé finds out...

You should sleep with a stranger —those words whispered in her ear by her best friend became a challenge Kasie took to heart. Suddenly, the man who gave her the most shocking pleasure in that upscale Vegas hotel —a man whose name she never bothered to find out —is her company’s biggest client.

As this unknown man becomes Mr. Dade at the office, and Mr. Dade becomes Robert in the bedroom, Kasie’s passion won’t let her deny him anything he wants. But when her fiancé, Dave, finds out, there’s no telling what he will do to keep her, or what Robert will do to steal her away once and for all.

My Review:

You can read my review of The Stranger (Just One Night, Part 1) here. I was definitely intrigued by the first book although there were some definitely concerns for me. Unfortunately, the second book started out well but did not catch fire. I'm not sure exactly where the story is going now...and if I even want to find out.

In the second book of this series, Kasie is even more confused about what she wants. I don't want to give anything away because there is definitely a lot of anticipation in most of the second book, waiting to find out what Kasie's fate will be with her fiancé. However, the resolution of what was at first written to be a very serious situation left me unsatisfied. It was resolved too easily and too quickly for a situation that was so built up.

I was also incredibly disheartened by the way Kasie was treated, both by Robert and her fiancé. It was cruel and sad no matter the resolution. I'm also not sure if it was in her fiancé's character's nature that was described in the first book. The second book just feels disjointed -- it does end with a cliffhanger but it is one that Kasie self imposes. We will have to see if the third book neatly wraps things up or has anything to offer . . .

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review: Operation Cinderella (Suddenly Cinderella #1) by Hope Tarr

Operation Cinderella (Suddenly Cinderella #1) by Hope Tarr
Obtained for Review via NetGalley

Blurb from Goodreads:

Manhattan magazine editor Macie Graham always gets her story—and she’ll do anything to uncover the dirt on famous radio personality Ross Mannon. After he smears her article on his show, nearly costing Macie her job, she devises a plan to masquerade as a modern-day Cinderella and get her revenge on the infuriating Texan.

All Ross wants is a woman with old-fashioned values to be his housekeeper and role model for his troubled teenage daughter. When the perfect woman shows up, Ross is relieved—until he finds himself drawn to his gorgeous, red-stiletto-wearing new employee. “Martha Jane” is opinionated and sexy, and Ross is intrigued…and more than a little turned on.

Macie thought Operation Cinderella was foolproof, but Ross, with his rugged good looks and southern charm, proves to be as perfect behind-the-scenes as he does in public. But when she finally uncovers a secret that could destroy Ross's reputation, she faces losing her job or losing the fairy-tale ending she didn't even know she wanted.

My Review:

Generally, I love all Entangled books - both YA and romances of all kinds. This book was no exception but I was a little let down because I was so excited to read it after reading the premise. Macie/Martha Jane was a great character and I thought she was well developed. And as the story progressed, I was definitely rooting for Macie and Ross . . .but the heat just wasn't there. I think they had a great friendship and there was such potential for their chemistry but it never got off the ground. I don't doubt their relationship and I think the book ended where it should but I guess I was just expecting a little more romance and steam, considering it was Entangled. Regardless, if you want an old fashioned romance, this is your book! Just don't expect any steamy scenes and be prepared for a little deception.

I am looking forward to the continuation of this series, especially Stephanie's story.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren

Obtained for Review via NetGalley

Blurb from Goodreads:

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over two million reads on fan fiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

My Review:

Another Twilight fanfic turned book that's supposed to not be fanfic. I think the dedication to SM really threw me off and I couldn't help but compare this to 50 Shades, which I didn't like at all. However, I did like Bennett Ryan (the "Edward" character) much more than Christian Grey and the sex scenes were much hotter than 50 Shades. That being said, there was a sex scene in every chapter and . . .not much else.

There was absolutely no character development, no reason or thought given at all as to why Bennett and Chloe ended up liking each other enough to be together at the really was one long sex scene after another, interspersed with some "I hate yous" for good measure.

At least this was a fast read because there was no plot and no character development -- it didn't drag but it kind of felt like, what's the point.

Scheduled to be Released February 12, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Blurb from Goodreads:

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

My Review:

Slammed and Point of Retreat both made my favorite books of last year and so I could not wait to read Hopeless. Even though it came out at the end of last year, there is no doubt in my mind that this book will be one of my favorites of this year. It was incredible. I'm not sure how she does it but Colleen Hoover is able to dive right in the mind of a teenage girl with such clarity and beauty that seriously held my heart with every turn of the page.

I love love love Holder and Sky together -- their past, their present and their future. I loved Sky's friends - Six and Breckin - and thought that they were excellent secondary characters that really added to the narrative. This book has a strong and powerful message -- it's beyond hope and beyond love and it's a testament to surviving and survival. We are capable of amazing (both good and bad) things as humans, don't ever forget it.

I said about Slammed and Point of Retreat that "every word of these books is beautiful" and Hopeless is no different! Colleen, you are amazing and I can't wait to read many more of your books to come.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Review: Tempting the Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon

Tempting the Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon
Obtained for Review via NetGalley

Blurb from Goodreads:

Crickitt Day needs a job . . . any job. After her husband walks out on her, she’s determined to re-build her life and establish a new career. When swoon-worthy billionaire Shane August hires her as his assistant, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Despite her growing attraction to her boss, she vows to keep things strictly professional. No flirting. No kissing. Definitely no falling in love...

Shane August is all business, all the time. He’s a self-made man who’s poured his heart and soul into his company, and he’d never allow himself to get involved with an employee. Then he hires sweet, sexy Crickitt—and he can’t keep his mind or his hands off her. But no matter how much he wants Crickitt, Shane fears that painful secrets from his past will always come between them. With fate working against them, can these two lonely hearts learn that sometimes mixing business with pleasure is the perfect merger?

My Review:

Something about this book was very off for me and I'm not sure what it was...aside from the fact that I did think Crickitt was a really, really weird name. I think what threw me the most was the beginning. Shane August spots Crickitt across the room at a club, crying, and immediately decides to comfort her? I don't know, I guess I was expecting a much better meet cute. And honestly? It did not get much better from there....Shane was moody, Crickitt was his employee -- the entire on again/off again employer/employee relationship felt stale, lacking passion and just odd.

I really don't like to give less than stellar reviews but I can't be anything less than truthful when it comes to books. It seems like I am having a streak of bad books this week, one right after another. So I'm re-reading an old favorite to get me back in the game. Expect a bunch of reviews this week, albeit nothing gushing.

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